Russian arkDVD - 2003 | Russian | Masterworks ed.
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Madonna of the Partridges by Van Dyke. Catherine II acquired it. Would you like to tell me about this painting?
-Please, tell me.
See the calm and serenity around the Madonna and Joseph.
- Joseph, yes.
God protects them. There is no doubt about His unseen presence. The apple tree represents life. Sunflowers stand for piety. On the upper right, partridges symbolize frivolity.
- They're flying away.
Partridges. Angels dance and play. So many other symbols that we can only guess about.
Eternal people. So, live on. Live on. You'll outlive them all.
Do you know that those are the apostles Peter and Paul?
-Yes, that's what someone said.
That's what they said? And so?
-I was looking at them because it gives me joy.
Gives you joy... One day, all men will become like them.
This sequence must have costed a bundle in production:
I had no intention of staying. This ceremony will continue for a few more hours still. As a former diplomat, I'm aware of that. A terrible boredom will set in. A terrible boredom.
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