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Nikolai Konstantinovich Rerikh (1874-1947)  The Last Angel  Tempera on cardboard, 1912   52 x 73 cm  Nicholas Roerich Museum, New York, USA
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Title: The Last Angel
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Nikolai Konstantinovich Rerikh (1874-1947)
The Last Angel
Tempera on cardboard, 1912 
52 x 73 cm
Nicholas Roerich Museum, New York, USA

 In 1904 Roerich painted the first of his paintings on religious themes. These mostly dealt with Russian saints and legends, and included Message to Tiron, Fiery Furnace, and The Last Angel, subjects that he returned to with numerous variants in later years. The Treasure of the Angels was described by one writer: “A host of angels in white garments stand silently row after row guarding a mysterious treasure with which are bound up the destinies of the world. It is a blue black stone with an image of the crucifix cut into it, glowing with emerald hues.” The angels are an early depiction of the hierarchical Masters that peopled the heart of Roerich's belief in a Great Brotherhood, watching over and guiding humanity in its eternal journey of evolution. The “stone” pictured by Roerich is the representation of an image that recurs in different forms in his paintings and throughout his writings. The word “treasure” figures prominently in the titles of many of Roerich's paintings, as, for instance, in The Treasure of the Mountain and Hidden Treasure. It is clearly not material wealth that he refers to, but rather the spiritual treasures that lie buried, yet available to those with the will to unearth them.


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