June 5, 2012. (Romereports.com)
Different religions can often find an area of common ground in the history of their cultures. This can be seen in the exhibit by Russian artist Valery Kharitonov called “In Your Name”. It's being promoted by the Vatican and the Russian Orthodox Patriarchate.
With these paintings, the artist aims to show the richness of Christian
culture of East and West. He says his work has been inspired by Dante's
“What I want to show in this exhibition in Rome is 20 years
of my work. After the last exhibit I did in Palermo in 1989 that was
devoted to Dante, I have devoted my entire work to Christianity.”
His art focuses on events from the Gospel. This painting shows the
Transfiguration of Jesus. When creating it, he says he was inspired by
the face in the Holy Shroud, located in Turin.
It also reflects the experiences of the early centuries of the Church
before the schism between East and West. Art pieces like this are meant
to link Catholic and Orthodox traditions.
“As a painter, I see no insurmountable barrier between the Catholic
and Orthodox tradition to look together to Christ. (FLASH) 11:13 I see
no particular difficulty because from the beginning of Christianity the
Church was one.”
The exhibit's opening ceremony was attended by Cardinal Paul Poupard,
the president emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Culture, as well as
representatives of the Moscow Patriarchate.
Orthodox Church St. Catherine of Alexandria (Rome)
“The Influence of art in the world is very strong and is an
essential part of the mission of preaching the Gospel and since we have
common roots, the two churches, Catholic and Orthodox, we must remember
Valery Kharitonov hopes his art will help to overcome the barriers that
still exist between Christians and to deepen their common roots by
creating a new culture that is not afraid to openly speak about these
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