In 2016, the restoration work on the painting entitled “Saint Ambrose Forbids Emperor Theodosius from Entering the Cathedral” (1829) by the well-known historical painter Andrei Ivanov.
The tableau created in the latter period of the artist’s career was donated to the Tretyakov Gallery’s collection in 1968 by the family of E.G. Arendt, the widow of the well-known cardiologist А.А. Arendt, and back then it was called “The Christening of Prince Vladimir in Chersonesus.”
However, when a close examination was carried out, the authentic iconography of this monumental work was ascertained and interesting facts of its existence discovered. The painting, which features a rare theme for Russian art, was created among other commissions for the church of the Russian spiritual mission in China. The show will allow the audience to get acquainted with the research and restoration activities of the museum, while drawing attention of today’s sinologists and historians of Russian Orthodox missions abroad.