Zherdev Vitalii

Church of St . Catherine in Stuttgart - Quest for the Artistic Image

Zherdev Vitalii (2016) "Church of St . Catherine in Stuttgart - Quest for the Artistic Image ", Vestnik Pravoslavnogo Sviato-Tikhonovskogo gumanitarnogo universiteta. Seriia V : Voprosi istorii i teorii hristianskogo iskusstva, 2016, vol. 21, pp. 59-70 (in Russian).

DOI of the paper: 10.15382/sturV201621.59-70


The article discusses the history of one of the first fundamental monuments of Russian Orthodox presence on the German soil — funeral church of Grand Princess Catherine Pavlovna Romanova, Queen of Wurttemberg. Design competition of the church is traced, representing the concept from neo-Gothic to classic style. Gallery of artists who participated in the project’s competition and directly involved in the creation of an artistic ensemble of the temple is expanded. Architects: D. Salucci, D. Thuermer, J. Knapp, H. Huebsch, L. von Klenze. Sculptors: B. Thorvaldsen, J. Dannecker, J. Leeb, J. Zwerger, T. Wagner. Special attention is paid to the iconostasis, made in Russia. Stylistic features of his images and decor are considered. Weighted synthesis of architectural forms, sculpture, decorative arts and painting presented, as a result, a significant monument of Romanticism.


Orthodox church of St. Catherine in Stuttgart, Grand Princess Catherine Pavlovna, mausoleum, D. Salucci, sculpture, B. Thorvaldsen, J. Dannecker, iconostasis, Classicism, Romanticism.


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