Nikolay Alekseyevich Kasatkin (Russian: Николай Алексеевич Касаткин; (13 December 1859, Moscow - 17 December 1930, Moscow) was a Russian painter; considered to be one of the founders of Social Realism in Russia.== Biography ==His father was an engraver and lithographer. @ Russian Painting. From 1873 to 1883 he studied at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture with Vasily Perov and Illarion Pryanishnikov. @ RusArtNet. Upon graduating, he received a medal... read more
Saint Seraphim of Sarov () ( – ), born Prokhor Moshnin (Прохор Мошнин), is one of the most renowned Russian monks and mystics in the Eastern Orthodox Church. He is generally considered the greatest of the 19th-century startsy (elders). Seraphim extended the monastic teachings of contemplation, theoria and self-denial to the layperson. He taught that the purpose of the Christian life was to acquire the Holy Spirit. Perhaps his most popular quotation amongst Orthodox believers is ''"Acquire... read more
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