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Russian Orthodoxy Collection

Russian Orthodoxy is deeply rooted in the history and culture of Russia, with a rich tapestry of traditions and iconic figures

Background imageRussian Orthodoxy Collection: The baptism of the residents of Kiev in 988. Artist: Lebedev, Klavdi Vasilyevich (1852-1916)

The baptism of the residents of Kiev in 988. Artist: Lebedev, Klavdi Vasilyevich (1852-1916)
The baptism of the residents of Kiev in 988. Private Collection

Background imageRussian Orthodoxy Collection: Campaign to Chersonesos by Vladimir the Great, 1904

Campaign to Chersonesos by Vladimir the Great, 1904. Private Collection

Background imageRussian Orthodoxy Collection: Portraits of the Russian Monarchy, 1. Rurik 2. Igor of Kiev 3. Olga 4. Sviatoslav 5

Portraits of the Russian Monarchy, 1. Rurik 2. Igor of Kiev 3. Olga 4. Sviatoslav 5. Vladimir the Great 14
6203792 Portraits of the Russian Monarchy, 1. Rurik 2. Igor of Kiev 3. Olga 4. Sviatoslav 5. Vladimir the Great 14. Ivan IV (from Il costume antico)

Background imageRussian Orthodoxy Collection: Saint Olga, Princess of Kiev, c. 1700 (fresco)

Saint Olga, Princess of Kiev, c. 1700 (fresco)
6203793 Saint Olga, Princess of Kiev, c.1700 (fresco) by Russian School (18th century); Cathedral of St. Sophia, Kiev, Ukraine; Photo eFine Art Images; Russian, out of copyright

Background imageRussian Orthodoxy Collection: Saint Olga, Princess of Kiev. Artist: Roerich, Nicholas (1874-1947)

Saint Olga, Princess of Kiev. Artist: Roerich, Nicholas (1874-1947)
Saint Olga, Princess of Kiev. Private Collection

Background imageRussian Orthodoxy Collection: The Arrival of Byzantine Bishop in Kievan Rus, 1832

The Arrival of Byzantine Bishop in Kievan Rus, 1832. Private Collection

Background imageRussian Orthodoxy Collection: Olgas avenge to the Drevlians, 1832

Olgas avenge to the Drevlians, 1832. Private Collection

Background imageRussian Orthodoxy Collection: Saint Olga, Princess of Kiev, 1885-1896. Artist: Nesterov, Mikhail Vasilyevich (1862-1942)

Saint Olga, Princess of Kiev, 1885-1896. Artist: Nesterov, Mikhail Vasilyevich (1862-1942)
Saint Olga, Princess of Kiev, 1885-1896. Found in the collection of the St Vladimirs Cathedral, Kiev

Background imageRussian Orthodoxy Collection: Coin (Zlatnik) of Grand Duke Vladimir Svyatoslavich (Averse: Portrait of the ruler), 980-1015

Coin (Zlatnik) of Grand Duke Vladimir Svyatoslavich (Averse: Portrait of the ruler), 980-1015. Found in the collection of the State Hermitage, St. Petersburg

Background imageRussian Orthodoxy Collection: The Baptism of Prince Vladimir I (from the Radziwill Chronicle), 15th century. Artist: Anonymous

The Baptism of Prince Vladimir I (from the Radziwill Chronicle), 15th century. Artist: Anonymous
The Baptism of Prince Vladimir I (from the Radziwill Chronicle), 15th century. Found in the collection of the Library of the Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg

Background imageRussian Orthodoxy Collection: Saint Grand Duke Vladimir, 1925

Saint Grand Duke Vladimir, 1925. Private Collection

Background imageRussian Orthodoxy Collection: The Baptism of Russia, 1887. Artist: Navozov, Vasily Ivanovich (1862-1919)

The Baptism of Russia, 1887. Artist: Navozov, Vasily Ivanovich (1862-1919)
The Baptism of Russia, 1887. Private Collection

Background imageRussian Orthodoxy Collection: The conversion of the Permians to Christianity by Saint Stephen of Perm

The conversion of the Permians to Christianity by Saint Stephen of Perm, 1389 (From Illustrated Kar Artist: Chorikov)
The conversion of the Permians to Christianity by Saint Stephen of Perm, 1389 (From Illustrated Karamzin), 1836. Found in the collection of Russian State Library, Moscow

Background imageRussian Orthodoxy Collection: Trizna of Princess Olga 945 (From Illustrated Karamzin), 1836

Trizna of Princess Olga 945 (From Illustrated Karamzin), 1836. Artist: Chorikov, Boris Artemyevich (1802-1866)
Trizna of Princess Olga 945 (From Illustrated Karamzin), 1836. Found in the collection of Russian State Library, Moscow

Background imageRussian Orthodoxy Collection: The Baptism of Grand Princess Olga of Kiev. 955 (From Illustrated Karamzin), 1836

The Baptism of Grand Princess Olga of Kiev. 955 (From Illustrated Karamzin), 1836. Found in the collection of Russian State Library, Moscow

Background imageRussian Orthodoxy Collection: Coin (Srebrennik) of Grand Duke Vladimir Svyatoslavich (Reverse: Symbol of Rurikids), 980-1015

Coin (Srebrennik) of Grand Duke Vladimir Svyatoslavich (Reverse: Symbol of Rurikids), 980-1015. Private Collection

Background imageRussian Orthodoxy Collection: Saint Olga, Princess of Kiev. Artist: Ancient Russian frescos

Saint Olga, Princess of Kiev. Artist: Ancient Russian frescos
Saint Olga, Princess of Kiev. Found in the collection of Saint Sophia Cathedral, Kiev

Background imageRussian Orthodoxy Collection: Grand Princess Olga visiting Constantine VII (Miniature from the Madrid Skylitzes)

Grand Princess Olga visiting Constantine VII (Miniature from the Madrid Skylitzes), 11th-12th centur Artist: Anonymous
Grand Princess Olga visiting Constantine VII (Miniature from the Madrid Skylitzes), 11th-12th century. Found in the collection of the Biblioteca Nacional, Madrid

Background imageRussian Orthodoxy Collection: Grand Duke Vladimir Svyatoslavich (From the Tsarskiy titulyarnik (Tsars Book of Titles), 1672

Grand Duke Vladimir Svyatoslavich (From the Tsarskiy titulyarnik (Tsars Book of Titles), 1672. Artist: Russian Master
Grand Duke Vladimir Svyatoslavich (From the Tsarskiy titulyarnik (Tsars Book of Titles), 1672. Found in the collection of the Russian National Library, St. Petersburg

Background imageRussian Orthodoxy Collection: Grand Duke Vladimir receiving the Ambassadors. Artist: Vereshchagin, Vasili Petrovich (1835-1909)

Grand Duke Vladimir receiving the Ambassadors. Artist: Vereshchagin, Vasili Petrovich (1835-1909)
Grand Duke Vladimir receiving the Ambassadors. Found in the collection of the State Art Museum of the Kyrgyz Republic, Bishkek

Background imageRussian Orthodoxy Collection: Saint Andrew the Apostle erects a cross on Kiev heights, 1848

Saint Andrew the Apostle erects a cross on Kiev heights, 1848. Artist: Lomtev, Nikolai Petrovich (1816-1859)
Saint Andrew the Apostle erects a cross on Kiev heights, 1848. Found in the collection of the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

Background imageRussian Orthodoxy Collection: Trizna (from the Saint Olga series). Artist: Kondratenko, Gavriil Pavlovich (1854-1924)

Trizna (from the Saint Olga series). Artist: Kondratenko, Gavriil Pavlovich (1854-1924)
Trizna (from the Saint Olga series). From a private collection

Background imageRussian Orthodoxy Collection: Saint Olga, Princess of Kiev (Study for frescos in the St Vladimirs Cathedral of Kiev), 1884-1889

Saint Olga, Princess of Kiev (Study for frescos in the St Vladimirs Cathedral of Kiev), 1884-1889. Found in the collection of the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

Background imageRussian Orthodoxy Collection: Prince Vladimir chooses a religion in 988 (A religious dispute in the Russian court), 1822

Prince Vladimir chooses a religion in 988 (A religious dispute in the Russian court), 1822. Found in the collection of the State Art Museum of Republic Latvia, Riga

Background imageRussian Orthodoxy Collection: Olgas avenge to the Drevlians, before 1839. Artist: Bruni, Fyodor Antonovich (1800-1875)

Olgas avenge to the Drevlians, before 1839. Artist: Bruni, Fyodor Antonovich (1800-1875)
Olgas avenge to the Drevlians, before 1839. Found in the collection of the Russian National Library, St. Petersburg

Background imageRussian Orthodoxy Collection: Saint Vladimir of Kiev, Early 15th cen Artist: Russian icon

Saint Vladimir of Kiev, Early 15th cen Artist: Russian icon
Saint Vladimir of Kiev, Early 15th cen.. Found in the collection of the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

Background imageRussian Orthodoxy Collection: Saint Grand Duke Vladimir Svyatoslavich, Early 20th century. Artist: Russian icon

Saint Grand Duke Vladimir Svyatoslavich, Early 20th century. Artist: Russian icon
Saint Grand Duke Vladimir Svyatoslavich, Early 20th century. Private Collection

Background imageRussian Orthodoxy Collection: The Kremlin of Rostov Veliky, Golden Ring, Russia, Europe

The Kremlin of Rostov Veliky, Golden Ring, Russia, Europe

Background imageRussian Orthodoxy Collection: Painted walls in the cathedral of the Kremlin of Rostov Veliky, Golden Ring, Russia, Europe

Painted walls in the cathedral of the Kremlin of Rostov Veliky, Golden Ring, Russia, Europe

Background imageRussian Orthodoxy Collection: Monastery of St. Ipaty, Kostroma, Golden Ring, Russia, Europe

Monastery of St. Ipaty, Kostroma, Golden Ring, Russia, Europe

Background imageRussian Orthodoxy Collection: Russian-Orthodox Easter sweet made of curd cheese (Pashka), on wooden board

Russian-Orthodox Easter sweet made of curd cheese (Pashka), on wooden board

Background imageRussian Orthodoxy Collection: Refectory of St. John the Divine, St. Michael Monastery, Kiev, Ukraine, Europe

Refectory of St. John the Divine, St. Michael Monastery, Kiev, Ukraine, Europe

Background imageRussian Orthodoxy Collection: Golden domes of St. Michael Monastery, Kiev, Ukraine, Europe

Golden domes of St. Michael Monastery, Kiev, Ukraine, Europe

Background imageRussian Orthodoxy Collection: Elevated view at dusk over Old Town, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Riga, Latvia, Europe

Elevated view at dusk over Old Town, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Riga, Latvia, Europe

Background imageRussian Orthodoxy Collection: Facade of the Alexander Nevsky Church, Tallinn, Estonia, Europe

Facade of the Alexander Nevsky Church, Tallinn, Estonia, Europe




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Russian Orthodoxy is deeply rooted in the history and culture of Russia, with a rich tapestry of traditions and iconic figures. One such figure is Vladimir the Great, whose campaign to Chersonesos in 1904 marked a significant turning point for Russian Orthodoxy. Another influential individual was Saint Olga, Princess of Kiev, who lived during the second half of the 19th century. Her portrait by Nikolai Alexandrovich Bruni captures her regal grace and devotion to her faith. The St. Andrews Church in Kiev stands as a testament to the enduring presence in Ukraine and Europe as a whole. Its magnificent architecture serves as an awe-inspiring backdrop for worshipers seeking solace and spiritual guidance. Coinage also played a role in showcasing religious imagery within Russian Orthodoxy. The Zlatnik coin featuring Grand Duke Vladimir Svyatoslavich's portrait from 980-1015 reflects his significance as an influential ruler who embraced Christianity. The Baptism of Prince Vladimir I depicted in an anonymous artwork from the 15th century symbolizes the pivotal moment when he converted to Christianity, leading to its widespread adoption throughout Kievan Rus. Portraits depicting various members of the Russian Monarchy highlight their connection to Russian Orthodoxy through generations. From Rurik to Ivan IV, these rulers upheld their faith while shaping Russia's destiny. Frescoes dating back centuries depict Saint Olga's unwavering devotion, capturing her saintly aura that continues to inspire believers today. Nicholas Roerich's artistic interpretation further immortalizes her legacy through his evocative brushstrokes. The Arrival of Byzantine Bishop in Kievan Rus showcases how Eastern Orthodox Christianity spread across borders and influenced Russian spirituality profoundly. Olgas' revenge against the Drevlians serves as a reminder that even amidst political turmoil, faith can provide strength and justice.