Surikov is a famous Russian artist, a follower of historical painting. Also painted portraits, sometimes turned to religious topics. Contemporaries more often considered him a layman who takes tragedy and epicism, but about professionalism
Surikov can be judged by this episode: when he was finishing the painting “Boyar Morozov”, one of his artist friends came to him.
Looking at the huge canvas stretched on the wall, he pointed to Surikov the strip of snow below and advised him to remove it, because in the plot of the picture she did not play a role, only made it more bulky. “What are you,” Surikov answered him. “How am I going to remove her?” After all, then the sled will not go. "
“Miraculous Image” - Surikov’s appeal to religious subjects. Once the king of Mesopotamia was seriously ill - so that no one could heal him. Hearing rumors that a man was healing in Judea, healing the sick, after meeting with whom the saints were seeing and the legless were walking, he sent an ambassador to Christ to beg him to come to Mesopotamia. But Christ refused - instead, he took the boards from the ambassador, washed himself and wiped his face on them, after which his image remained on the fabric.
The picture depicts precisely this moment - Christ gives the ambassador in white robes the resulting miraculous image. His pose speaks of mercy and that such an action is familiar to him. He does not see anything unusual in him. But people are looking around, surprised, bewildered, the ambassador’s face speaks of fear and hope at the same time - he was going after the prophet, and he would bring a rag, but not simple, but wonderful ... Above the scene - a sky full of clouds, grayish and faded from heat. The camel and the horse do not understand the animation prevailing among people and stand still.
One old man covers his eyes as if unable to withstand the bright light pouring into them.
A small miracle happened.
Composition Kustodiev Portrait of Chaliapin