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Dionisii

 

 

b c. 1440 - d after 1502–3

Russian painter. He worked in Moscow and the surrounding towns and in several northern monasteries, including those of Iosifo-Volokolamsky, Ferapontov and St Paul at Obnorsk (founded 1414). Paintings attributed to him represent the apogee of the classicizing style in Russian religious art, although by the end of his life much of his work was apparently done with the help of assistants. Various sources refer to Dionisy, but he is first mentioned in the Life of Pafnuty of Borovsk, which records that he decorated the cathedral of the Nativity of the Virgin (Rozhdestvo bogoroditsy) in the Pafnut’ev Monastery in Borovsk with wall paintings (c. 1467; destr.), together with the older icon painter, Mitrofan, and their assistants. According to a chronicle source, in 1481 Dionisy, Timofey, Yarets and Konya painted a DeŽsis with festivals and prophets (destr.) for the cathedral of the Dormition (Uspensky) in the Moscow Kremlin and decorated two of the cathedral’s chapels with wall paintings. In 1482 Dionisy restored the Greek icon of the Virgin Hodegetria in the monastery of the Ascension (Voznesensky) in the Moscow Kremlin after it was damaged by fire. Between 1484 and 1500 the workshop of Dionisy painted an extensive series of icons for the cathedral in the Iosifo-Volokolamsky Monastery. An inventory of 1545 compiled by a contemporary of Dionisy records that of these works 87 were by Dionisy, 37 by his sons Vladimir and Feodosy and 20 by their colleague Paisy.
 

 

The Virgin Hodegetria.
1502-1503

 


The Mother of God Hodigitria.
1502-1503
Russian Museum, St. Peterburg
     
  St. Alexius, Metropolitan of Moscow, with Scenes from His Life.
Late 15th century.
 
      
 
  St. Alexius, Metropolitan of Moscow, with Scenes from His Life.
Late 15th century.
The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia
 

                 

 
  The Crucifixion.
c. 1500.
The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia
 

 

 
  St. Gregory the Theologian.
c. 1502.
The Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
 

                 

 
  The Archangel Michael.
c. 1502.
The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia
 

        

 
  The Virgin.
c. 1502.
The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia
 

                 

 
  St. John the Baptist.
c. 1502.
The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia
 

           

 
  The Apostle Paul.
c. 1502.
The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia
 

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