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Annunciation monastery in Nizhny Novgorod

Taras Shevchenko. Annunciation…

Taras Shevchenko. Annunciation monastery in Nizhny Novgorod. Stained paper and pencil (16.1 × 31.5 cm). [Nizhny Novgorod]. [30.X 1857]. Taras Shevchenko National Museum, inv. g – 604.

Top right ink marked: Number 117 – 176.

For the "Catalog of V. Tarnowski's museum ukrainian antiquities" [vol. II, Chernigov, 1900, p. 188, № 374], on the back of the picture, which was later stuck to the cardboard – one can read inscription by hand Shevchenko: N.N. Annunciation monastery, 1649 [Date "1649" should be understood as the date of restoration of the monastery, in the literature mentioned 1647 (see N. I. Hramtsovsky, Brief history and description of Nizhny Novgorod, 1859, Part II, p. 113)]

Dated on the basis of record Shevchenko in his diary on 30 October 1857:

"Taking advantage of the weather, I took a walk around the city with fun and not without benefit. At the end of a walk drew Annunciation monastery. Old, distorted by new building extensions. The main church, the bell tower is not quite escaped from barbarian renewal. Only two of the tower above the refectory inviolable. And what are they beautiful! Similarly, two young, beautiful, clean damsel gracefully raised their heads to the vendor of goodness and beauty, as if to thank him that he rescued then from hands of the latest architect. A lovely, darling creature!

Annunciation monastery was founded in the XVI century by St. Alexei metropolitan. By this time belong and beautiful tower. Collegiate Church of the monastery was built in 1649. Location of monastery charming".

Storage areas: V. Tarnowski's Chernihiv museum of ukrainian antiquities – № 374, Chernihiv Regional History Museum, Gallery of pictures Shevchenko, Kharkiv.

N. P. Prokopenko

After publication: Taras Shevchenko Complete Works in 10 volumes. – Kyiv: ed. Academy of sciences of UkrSSR, 1963, v. 10, № 97 (image), p. 52 – 53 (note).