Portrait of St. Ignatius (Bryanchaninov)


The artist is unknown

Saint Ignatius, in the world Dmitry Aleksandrovich Bryanchaninov (1807–1867) – came from an old noble family, ascending to the associate of Prince Demetrius Donskoy Mikhail Bryanka. Until 15 years old was brought up at home. In 1822, at the insistence of his father, he entered the Main Military Engineering School in St. Petersburg, located in the Mikhailovsky castle. Graduated from the school in 1826, at the same time studied the creations of the Holy Fathers. Bryanchaninov’s request for resignation was followed by the refusal of Emperor Nicholas I, who personally knew the military engineer who was highly hopes. In 1827, for health reasons, he was fired from the service and entered the novice in the Alexander-Svir Monastery, then moved to Square, then to Optina Deserts. In 1831 he took tonsure, in the same year he was ordained a hieromonk. In 1834, according to the personal instructions of Nicholas I in the dignity of Archimandrite, he was determined by the rector of the Trinity-Sergius desert near Peterhof, in 1838 he was assigned to the dean of all the monasteries of the St. Petersburg diocese.

He was engaged in literary work (“Tree in the winter before the windows of Celia”, “Garden during winter” and others). Was in correspondence with many figures of literature and art (in particular, with to. P. Bryullov). Subsequently, the main part of the works was published under the names “Fatherland”, “Provision of modern monasticism”, “Ascetic experiments”, “Ascetic sermon and letters to the laity” and others. In 1857 in the Kazan Cathedral of Hirotonisan in the bishop of the Caucasus and Black Sea. In 1861 he received permission to retire to the Nikolo-Babaevsky Monastery of the Kostroma province.

Canonized by the Russian Orthodox Church in 1988, its memory is celebrated on May 13.

The portrait dates back to the time between the appointment of the rector of the Trinity-Sergius desert and obtaining the Order of St. Vladimir 3rd degree (April 21, 1851), who is not in the portrait. Subsequently received the Order of St. Anna 1st degree. There is an engraving l. E. Dmitrieva-Caucasian (1882), with small changes, on which the saint is presented with the orders.

N. X. Unknown artist. SPb, 2012. With. 80.

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