Film screening: The Gospel Circle of Vassily Polenov (The Courtauld Institute of Art; November 26, 2015)

The Gospel Circle of Vassily Polenov
26 November 2015, 6pm
The Courtauld Institute of Art

A screening and discussion of The Gospel Circle of Vassily Polenov will take place at the Lecture Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art.

Vassily Polenov was one of the most important Russian painters of the Peredvizhniki art movement in the late nineteenth century. He is remembered primarily for his sublime landscapes. However, the deeply religious Polenov considered the series of paintings on the life of Christ his most important work. He was the only Russian artist who made long trips to the Middle East to study nature and characters for his “Gospel Circle.”

The film is directed by Elena Yakovich, with participation of the writer Alexander Ilichevsky. The producer of the film is the artist’s great-granddaughter, Natalya Polenova, founder of the Vassily Polenov Association.

After the screening there will be a round-table discussion with Elena Yakovich, Alexander Ilichevsky, and Natalya Polenova, followed by a wine reception.

Entrance is free but advance booking via The Courtauld Institute website is essential.

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