Russian Geometric Patterns from the 19th Century

by David Clayton on September 9, 2011

Last year I featured some wall paintings of the Trinity at the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, in Moscow, left. This is a modern reconstruction of a 19th century church and all the art from that time has been faithfully reproduced too (I hadn’t appreciated this until an NLM reader pointed it out to me!). As well as some striking naturalistic and iconographic art, there is some beautiful geometric and patterned art as well which I show here. This reminds me in some ways of the decoration one might see in an English 19th century neo-gothic church designed by Pugin.

Anyway, I hope that this will inspire those who are responsible for the interior decoration of our churches to consider geometric designs as an option.

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Loretta February 6, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Thank you so much David, for posting these pictures. Since finding this site, I’ve been searching out geometric art and have found the remarkable Islamic patterns very beautiful (somewhere I read that this is the way they express God/Allah). Also, until your mention of geometric art I wasn’t aware of the designs within the older icons – in the halos, in the wings, the background, the clothing, the borders, etc. These Russian designs remind me of the intricate egg decorating patterns. Thanks again.


David Clayton February 13, 2012 at 10:37 am

It’s a pleasure. And thank you for your kind remarks Loretta.


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