orthodox frescos

Archangel Michael, fresco from the Nereditsa Church, 1199


Nereditsa Church had one of the most well-preserved fresco complexes of Medieval Rus period.

The photo was taken in 1930s. During the World War II, Nereditsa Church was  destroyed almost completely. Later, in 1950s, the church itself was restored, but frescoes could not be saved. 

Leo Tolstoy in the Hell. Fresco, 1883.

It’s a well-known story about complicated relations between Tolstoy and the Orthodox Church that ended up with excommunication of the writer. Though let me remind that Tolstoy died only in 1910 so the image of him sitting on the devil’s knees is a kind of dream of the Church.