The New Martyrs in Bronze
In 2017, the 100-year anniversary of the revolution in Russia that had such tragic consequences for the Russian Orthodox Church, a new cathedral will be consecrated in Sretensky Monastery, dedicated to the New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia, “On the Blood, on Lubyanka”—so called because of the martyrs who died here at the hands of the KGB.
The Moscow sculptors Vitaly Shanov and his wife Darya Uspenskaya are working on the cathedral doors. These doors will consist of a large poured bronze bas-relief, filled from edge to edge with ornamental figures, saints, angels, and text. This bold artistic design, based on known iconographic traditions, is a unique approach. Photojournalist for the Russian site Pravoslavie.ru Anatoly Goryanov covered the final stretch of this long and laborious process.
Preparing the molds
Casting the bronze