Alexander Ivanov - The Appearance of Christ to Mary Magdalene
While still working on Apollo, Hyacinth and Cypress Alexander Ivanov conceived the idea of a large-scale painting about the appearance of the Messiah. As a kind of ‘trial run’ for this work, he painted a two-figure composition on a theme from the Gospels: The Appearance of Christ to Mary Magdalene (1834-35). The picture was successfully exhibited in Rome and then was sent to St. Petersburg Academy of Arts. Ivanov was consequently awarded the title of academician.