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St Leonard’s Church

Andrew Varlamov

Tribute to El Greco by Nikos Floros

St Isaac's Cathedral, Saint Petersburg, Russia

December 18, 2014, 07:00 UTC (11:00 local time)

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"From December 3, 2014 through January 15, 2014 ... one of the largest and most significant museums, the State Museum of St. Isaak Cathedral in St. Petersburg will host the exhibition of new works by the world renown Hellenic sculptor, Nikos Floros ..." - reported official press release.

And further - " Utilizing a unique technique created by Mr. Floros, he uses tiny mosaics of recycled aluminum to reinterpret two major and well-known works of Domenikos Theotokopoulos, “The Disrobing of Christ” and “The Resurrection of Christ”.

Nikos Floros commented that the invitation he received from Russia to commerate the 400 year anniversary of the death of this most significant Hellenic painter, Domenikos Theotokopoulos (El Greco) was a great honor but also a great challenge since these sculptural paintings honor El Greco while also expressing a great respect and reverence toward the image of Jesus Christ."

“This marks the first time my work has gone on display inside a religious monument which is also a church, a place where people come to pray. It’s an almost metaphysical sensation,” the 44-year-old artist told Kathimerini English Edition. “You have a particular responsibility when presenting a figure which is not only very familiar, but a symbol through which people express themselves.”

Meanwhile, December days are short in Saint Petersburg, the former imperial city which was renamed thrice in the space of a century and survived a 872-day Nazi siege. Saint Isaac’s own history reflects the city’s turbulent past: Designed by French architect Auguste de Montferrand, the building’s construction began in 1818 and ended 40 years later. In 1931 the cathedral was named the Museum of the History of Religion and Atheism and following the fall of the Soviet regime worship resumed in the left-hand side chapel. The main part of the cathedral is only used for special services.

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Location

Europe / Russia-Urals West

Lat: 59° 56' 2.4" N
Long: 30° 18' 22.68" E

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Equipment

Camera: Pentax K20D
Lens: Samyang 8mm f/3.5 UMC Fish-eye CS II
Hot shoe rwo axis double bubble spirit level: ROWI 197
Cable switch: CS-205
Shooting without tripod manual by Nuno A. Madeira (Portugal)
PC Software: PTGui Pro 10.0.10 by New House Internet Services B.V. (dated by November 19, 2014), Pano2QTVR Pro Flash version 1.6.6 by Thomas Rauscher
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