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Vatican Artist from Russia Follows the Old Masters
Kuwait Times ^ | 1/11/13 | AFP

Posted on 01/11/2013 7:07:54 AM PST by marshmallow

After Michelangelo and Raphael, the Vatican’s latest official painter is something of an unusual choice-an ebullient Russian woman with a pet owl who is a regular at the court of cardinals and popes. An Orthodox believer in the heart of Roman Catholicism, Natalia Tsarkova paints her classical-style portraits in a flat filled with Vatican memorabilia by the walls of the Holy See. “I like the atmosphere here, I feel needed,” Tsarkova told AFP in an interview in a studio with several unfinished works and back copies of the Vatican’s official newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano. It is dream come true for this graduate of the prestigious Moscow School of Arts, whose paintings including portraits of Pope Benedict XVI and his predecessor John Paul II hang in Vatican palaces, Roman churches and museums around the world. “When I studied in Moscow, masters like Raphael, Michelangelo, Pietro da Cortona were like God and now I find myself among them,” said Tsarkova, a slight blonde woman with an easy laugh who wore a neat tweed dress and black shawl.

Tsarkova arrived in Rome in the early 1990s and began doing portraits of Roman aristocrats, who introduced her at the Vatican where her background captured the attention of late pope John Paul II. “He spoke Russian with me. He said ‘Long live Russian art!’” remembers the now 45-year-old, thumping her fist for emphasis with the same glee as the late pontiff. John Paul II made great strides in rebuilding relations with the Russian Orthodox Church and Tsarkova said she too feels she can play a role. “I feel like a small bridge between Orthodoxy and Catholicism.

I am like a diplomat with art.” Tsarkova said she often reads religious texts written by her models so as to help understand them and inspire her work, but she....

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TOPICS: Catholic; General Discusssion; Orthodox Christian

1 posted on 01/11/2013 7:08:03 AM PST by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

This from Kuwait !?!? Interesting...Spock deadpanned

2 posted on 01/11/2013 9:00:10 AM PST by mosesdapoet ("A voice crying in the wilderness make streight for the way of the Lord")
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I actually clicked on the link; the ‘Kuwait Times’ didn’t have a pic of her owl. I mean, an owl?! So I googled her name and stuck ‘owl’ after it. It’s just a little tiny thing, I wonder what an owl like that eats?


3 posted on 01/11/2013 9:27:13 AM PST by Ransomed
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