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Maker(s):Goncharova, Natalia
Culture:Russian/French (1881-1962)
Title:Christian Host, from the portfolio 'Mystical Images of War'
Date Made:1914
Measurements:Sheet: 12 5/8 x 9 5/8 in.; 32.1 x 24.5 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2001.17.12
Credit Line:Gift of Thomas P. Whitney (Class of 1937)
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

Label Text:
Divine protection of Russia’s army is the main theme of this image. In Goncharova’s mystical view of the war heavenly forces play a direct role in the armed conflict. Angels protect the soldiers and guide them into the unknown sphere of war. The artist depicts the soldiers as a faceless dark mass sent to confront the enemy, yet powerless on their own, while she indicates the angels’ leading function by showing their faces. With her rendering of the marching soldiers, she reflects the prevailing, yet inadequate, idea of war as an honest battle on the field, soldier against soldier.
BJ, 2014

Christianity; military; angels; wars; weapons; uniforms; religion; visions; soldiers

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