Monthly Archives: January 2018
Two brides for one groom: the Mystery of the picturesque plot of the mystical betrothal of Saint Catherine
Among the works of masters of the Renaissance and later periods of the history of painting, there are often those that depict the “mystical betrothal of Saint Catherine”. At the same time, the essence of what is happening may seem vague – after all, the engagement in the usual modern understanding of the canvas does not occur. It turns out that the brides in these paintings could be two different women, but the groom – always one.
Saint Catherine of Alexandria lived in Egypt in the third century ad. Before the adoption of Christianity, she was named Dorothea and was the daughter of the ruler of Alexandria. The girl was famous for her extraordinary beauty, wisdom, and spiritual qualities, and was, of course, an enviable bride, but as a bridegroom she wanted only the most worthy – the one who would surpass her in everything. Continue reading
The secret of the Zakrevsky pyramid-the tomb of the Russian chief Prosecutor, who was crazy about Egypt
The mystery and hypnotic appeal of the Egyptian pyramids has always haunted lovers of mysticism and the history of ancient civilizations. Fans of Egyptian culture in many parts of the world have tried and are trying to build something similar. On Ukrainian soil, for example, the most famous “copy” of the Egyptian wonder of the world was the so-called Zakrevsky pyramid, built more than 120 years ago. You can still see this ancestral tomb.
It all started with the fact that the chief Prosecutor Ignatius Zakrevsky, who was in the service of Alexander III, at the end of the century before last, was sent as an Ambassador of the Russian Empire to Egypt. The famous Senator and rich landowner, a representative of an ancient and revered noble family, had visited different countries before, but the Egyptian culture made the strongest impression on him. He was particularly struck by the grandiose beauty of the pyramids. Continue reading