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A Web Magazine of Arts, Culture and Orthodox Christian Spirituality

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  • Why did I survive?

    On a hot summer morning in August '93, I was walking to work as usual. My path ran through the old Moscow courtyards, which at that time had not yet been subject to barbaric destruction. They were not revamped in a European way. And the old wooden benches with green paint kindled more tenderness tha...
  • Ferdinand (USA, 2017)

    In spite of the fact that the gist of the story has already been told long ago, both in a 1936 book and a 1938 Disney short, Ferdinand has surprised many animated film lovers, especially with its impressive character animation and voice acting. From the very start of the movie, the animation do...
  • Incarnation, воплощение, Menschwerdung

    The English word "incarnation" has two meanings. The first is "a person who embodies in the flesh a deity, spirit, or quality. Its most common synonyms are "embodiment", "personification", "epitome", or "manifestation". The second is related to each of a series of earthly lifetimes, and it is purely...
  • Nativity Scenes: A Tradition of Art and Worship

    There is an old and fascinating tradition at display during the Christmas season: to place a nativity scene at home, in church, on the street. Nativity scene is a model of the Bethlehem cave or stable with all that gathered during the birth of Christ. It originated in Italy in the 13th century. Grad...
  • Gustav Klimt, the Embodiment of the Expiring Empire's Splendour

    Gustav Klimt, the king of decorative painting and of the female body. The embodiment of Vienna Secession, one of the most compelling artistic and cultural movements of the turn of the 20th century. On February 6th, the Austrian capital will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the great artist's unt...
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Voltaire and the Battle for Religious Tolerance
François-Marie Arouet (1694-1778), better known by his nom de plume Voltare, was one of the intellectual driving forces that lead to the French Revolution (1789-1799). A writer, historian and philosopher of the French Enlightenment, he is famous for his attacks on the established Catholic Church and...
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