Baltic accent

2015 Vol. 6 №4

The ‘secret portrait’ in Eastern Slavic religious paintings on the threshold of modernity: The southwestern accent


This article examines the first attempts at introducing realistic portraits into Eastern European religious paintings. The author identifies stages in the development of this trend and describes aspects of cultural synthesis embodied in a portrait as the first secular genre of painting. A distinctive feature of this process is depicting an actual person in a religious context.

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