The State Museum of the History of Religion in St. Petersburg holds an exhibition of enamels of the monumental artist, sculptor, people's artist of the USSR, President of the Russian Academy of Arts Zurab Konstantinovich Tsereteli “The knowledge of good”.
The exposition will feature more than 30 works by the artist, made in the technique of cloisonne enamel, which depict the Gospel stories (“Entrance of the Lord into Jerusalem”, “Baptism of the Lord”, “Meeting”, “Annunciation”, etc.) and Christian saints. The exhibition will be complemented by chased reliefs and sculpture.
As a rule, enamels are associated with chamber art. However, the master’s appeal to the monumental genre is not accidental. Large-scale compositions are widely known in traditional Georgian enamels. They are still considered the largest enamels in the world. In Georgian art, which knew different types of enamel techniques, cloisonne enamels were most common. From the original source - Byzantine enamel works and Russians close to them - the work of enamels in Georgia is distinguished by a brighter colorful coloring of their robes, a reddish “wine” shade of faces, and most importantly - greater transparency of smalt. These features became the most important component of Tsereteli's enamel work. Based on the techniques of the traditional Georgian school, the artist continues to experiment, comprehending other local schools as well. In his work, interest in the features of the enamel business of European countries in various eras is clearly noticeable.