Metropolitan Philaret of Kiev [Kyiv], head of Lavra

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Re: Metropolitan Philaret of Kiev [Kyiv], head of Lavra

Postby Barbara » Tue 7 March 2017 8:50 pm

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Metropolitan Philaret [ Amphiteatrov ] of Kiev. Despite his finery shown here, he meekly endured many instances of insulting behavior when garbed as a simple monk. He was so highly regarded by at least one Tsar, Nicholas I, that his counsel was sought. When this Sovereign reposed, Metropolitan Philaret wept and lamented as for a personal friend.

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Re: Metropolitan Philaret of Kiev [Kyiv], head of Lavra

Postby Barbara » Wed 15 March 2017 2:44 am

The illustration in the Jordanville-published Blessed Feofil book for Metropolitan Philaret seems to have been a lithograph made after the above oil painting. There are slight differences in the arrangement of the pectoral crosses and other medallions.

Mainly, the expression in the eyes in both is quite different. Met. Philaret appears older in the oil painting and more ascetic and inward-looking.
In the black and white image, the eminent prelate seems to evince more of a challenging expression. "Well, what do you make out of this ?" - or perhaps even : "Enjoy reading about my epic tussles with St Feofil, what a time it WAS ! "

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Re: Metropolitan Philaret of Kiev [Kyiv], head of Lavra

Postby Barbara » Wed 15 March 2017 2:54 am

A contemporary icon of Metropolitan Philaret of Kiev :

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