1862, Ufa - 1942, Moscow

The Great Taking of the Veil


  • oil on canvas. 178 x 195
  • Ж-4335

  • Пост. в 1898 от автора

This is the finest work from the cycle of paintings by Mikhail Nesterov on the fate of Russian women, inspired by the novels of Pavel Melnikov-Pechersky on the lives of the Old Believers. The artist depicts a procession of nuns accompanying a novice to the taking of the veil among the thick forests of the Volga countryside. A quiet sorrow shines in their pensive faces. Mikhail Nesterov was elected to the Imperial Academy of Arts for this painting in 1898.

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