Two Modern Artists with Orthodox Christian Themes

Two Modern Artists with Orthodox Christian Themes


Welcome to “This Week in Orthodoxy,” the world’s only online video newscast focused on events in the life of the Orthodox Church.

This week, we are finishing our two-part series on Orthodox artists, past and present, whose work combines creativity with themes from their Orthodox Christian faith.

Last week, we looked at three artists from the 19th and early 20th century. This week, we’ll move forward, featuring the work of a 20th century Greek artist and a young Russian painter currently working in Moscow today.

Artist 1. Konstantinos Parthenis (1878-1967)

First up, Konstantinos Parthenis was born to an Italian mother and Greek father in Alexandria, Egypt in 1878.

His work is held in many distinguished museums, including the National Gallery in Athens. He is known for portraying traditional themes, such as images of the Greek countryside or of Christ and the Virgin Mary, but doing so with a modern twist and in an impressionistic style.

He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, and also took music lessons at the Vienna Conservatory, before moving to Paris in 1903 and then to Greece, where he worked as an icon painter and continued to produce internationally sought-after pieces of secular art.

He died in 1967, after producing a vast body of work.

Artist 2. Dmitry Petrov

Next up: Dmitry Petrov, a young artist in Moscow who paints in a realist style. Not to be confused with the American artist of the same name who died in 1986, the Russian Dmitry Petrov is just beginning his career and yet has three permanent personal exhibitions in Samara, and his work can be found in galleries and private collections in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Great Britain, Germany, France, and the United States.

Many of Petrov’s paintings are still lifes or landscapes, some of which include famous churches or monasteries.

One of his paintings, “Prayer of an Expectant Mother,” painted in 2005, has been particularly popular on our Facebook page, attracting thousands of likes, comments, and shares.

You can find out more about Dmitry on our website, including how to purchase some of his paintings online.
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Next week, we’ll be back to our normal format, covering breaking news and feature stories. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank the National Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, which has underwritten this unique weekly program, in honor of OCN’s former Board Chairman, Dr. George Mekras, who recently passed away. May his memory be eternal!

Until next time, let’s go forth in peace.

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Seraphim Danckaert

Seraphim Danckaert is Director of Mission Advancement at St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary. He holds an M.Div. from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and is a Ph.D. candidate in theology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.