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At first, when you read the name of the picture, you think that it should be depicted on a summer day, just when Trinity Day is celebrated. However, on the canvas of Konstantin Yuon we see snow and sleigh.
People rush to a prayer service at the Trinity-Sergius Lavra, which is still preserved as it was that day, more than a century ago. Of course, now you will not see horses there, cars scurry around, but the temples are still the same, they are alive, like faith in God. And here she remained alive even when there was persecution of religion.
But back in 1903, when the artist finished this picture, no one could even imagine that a coup would soon take place. And here we see far from poor citizens, but quite wealthy, who nevertheless remember that there are heavenly forces above them, and that they need to pay tribute. In order to show that the sled is moving in a string, the author paints a panoramic picture.
The canvas is stretched horizontally, and although only two teams are visible in the foreground, it seems that there are similar carriages in front of them and behind them. By the way, one of them is clearly visible in the distance, where the road turned, and the second is also guessed. The oncoming carriage is visible even further, and someone goes to the temple on foot, believing that after such a transition, prayer will be much better. Usually pilgrims did this.
So you don’t have to wait for Trinity’s day on purpose, you can gather in the church on such a bad day, when there are gray clouds in the sky and snow under your feet. Only the red details of the lacquered sleigh and the bright brick of the temple buildings remind of this holiday. However, it can be a regular Sunday, which for every Orthodox Christian was considered a holiday.
The original canvas of Konstantin Yuon could be attributed to the genre of impressionism, however this impressionism is typically neo-Russian.
Rembrandt Holy Family