The Entrance to the Ascension Monastery. In 1929, the Ascension Cathedral was destroyed together with other cloister buildings

The Entrance to the Ascension Monastery

In 1929, the Ascension Cathedral was destroyed together with other cloister buildings

The Moscow Kremlin


The Moscow Kremlin

The Kremlingrad, the fortress of Moscow. The layout of the Moscow Kremlin. Early 1600s




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The Moscow Kremlin. The Ascension Monastery. The Ascension Cathedral. 1482

The Ascension Monastery. A photo from N.A. Naidenov’s  album Moscow. Cathedrals, Monasteries and Churches, 1882

The Ascension Monastery. A photo from N.A. Naidenov’s album Moscow. Cathedrals, Monasteries and Churches, 1882

The Ascension Monastery was founded in 1386 by Princess Eudoxia, Dmitry Donskoy’s wife. The Ascension Cathedral laid by Eudoxia was constructed by Sofia Vitotovna, the wife of Vassily I, and after repeated fires in Moscow, it was completed by Maria Yaroslavna, the wife of Vassily II in 1467.

Vassily Dmitrievich Ermolin, a well-known Russian architect, was invited to carry out the re-construction.

In 1482, the Byzantine 14th century miracle-working icon Virgin Hodegetria brought from Constantinople was damaged by another fire that ravaged the cathedral.

The Holy Virgin Hodegetria. Dionisy

The Holy Virgin Hodegetria. Dionisy

According to the Sophia chronicles, it was completely destroyed in 1482, only the board remained, so Dionisy repainted the image on it.

Thus restored by Dionisy, the icon survived the terrible fire in 1545 that burnt down the monastery, having killed 10 old monks and a great deal of people and destroyed the church together with sacred icons and church vessels.

Today Dionisy’s Virgin Hodegetria is exhibited in the Tretyakov Gallery.

Experts know of around ten cathedrals whose walls were painted by Dionisy. Some of the painter’s works are lost for good; some have been preserved by restorers

The St. Paphnutius Borovsk (Pafnutiev-Borovsky) MonasteryThe St. Paphnutius Borovsk (Pafnutiev-Borovsky) Monastery. The Cathedral of the Nativity of the Virgin. Between 1467 and 1476

The Moscow KremlinThe Moscow Kremlin. The Cathedral of the Dormition. 1480-1481

The Saviour Kamenny (Spaso-Kamenny) MonasteryThe Saviour Kamenny (Spaso-Kamenny) Monastery. The Saviour Transfiguration Cathedral. 1481

The Moscow Kremlin. The Ascension MonasteryThe Moscow Kremlin. The Ascension Monastery. The Ascension Cathedral. 1482

The St. Joseph Volokolamsk (Iosifo-Volokolamsky) MonasteryThe St. Joseph Volokolamsk (Iosifo-Volokolamsky) Monastery. The Cathedral of the Dormition. After 1485

The Chigasov Monastery. The Saviour Transfiguration Cathedral. The late 1480s

The St. Paul Obnorsk (Pavlo-Obnorsky) Monastery. The Trinity Cathedral. 1500

The St. Ferapont Belozero (Ferapontov Belozersky) MonasteryThe St. Ferapont Belozero (Ferapontov Belozersky) Monastery. The Cathedral of the Virgin Nativity. 1502

The St. Cyril Belozero (Kirillo-Belozersky) MonasteryThe St. Cyril Belozero (Kirillo-Belozersky) Monastery. The Dormition Cathedral. 1497

The Saviour Priluki  (Spaso-Prilutsky) MonasteryThe Saviour Priluki (Spaso-Prilutsky) Monastery. The Saviour Transfiguration Cathedral. 1503

Only the wall painting of the Virgin Nativity Cathedral of the St. Ferapont Belozero Monastery has survived in full and intact

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According to historical documents, the following works of Dionisy (the dates indicate the year of their painting) are known:

The St. Paphnutius Borovsk (Pafnutiev-Borovsky) Monastery. The Cathedral of the Nativity of the Virgin. Between 1467 and 1476

The Moscow Kremlin. The Cathedral of the Dormition. 1480-1481

The Saviour Kamenny (Spaso-Kamenny) Monastery. The Saviour Transfiguration Cathedral. 1481

The Moscow Kremlin. The Ascension Monastery. The Ascension Cathedral. 1482

The St. Joseph Volokolamsk (Iosifo-Volokolamsky) Monastery. The Cathedral of the Dormition. After 1485

The Chigasov Monastery. The Saviour Transfiguration Cathedral. The late 1480s

The St. Paul Obnorsk (Pavlo-Obnorsky) Monastery. The Trinity Cathedral. 1500

The St. Ferapont Belozero (Ferapontov Belozersky) Monastery. The Cathedral of the Virgin Nativity. 1502

The St. Cyril Belozero (Kirillo-Belozersky) Monastery. The Dormition Cathedral. 1497

The Saviour Priluki (Spaso-Prilutsky) Monastery. The Saviour Transfiguration Cathedral. 1503

The Gatehouse of the Ascension Monastery

The Gatehouse of the Ascension Monastery



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