• Sculpture: The Prodigal Son. Father and Son

    Vladimir Brodarsky, Yekaterina Pilnikova

Sculpture: The Prodigal Son. Father and Son


“I can now say that work on the sculptures was a real piece of research. Under Sokurov’s leadership, we literally dissected the parable, studying every aspect of it in painstaking detail: the characters, their interaction, their emotions, and their environment. But we did not want a dry illustration of it or simply a three-dimensional version of Rembrandt’s painting. Our task was to bring three stories together: the biblical story, Rembrandt’s interpretation, and Alexander Sokurov’s ideas,” Yekaterina Pilnikova writes about her work. Both sculptors worked under the direct guidance of Sokurov, who was constantly thinking out loud about the possible meanings and twists in the plot of the Gospel story. Those doubts, refrains and hours of conversation turned the work into a sort of master class and creative workshop. Although Vladimir Brodarsky is himself a lecturer at the Academy of Arts, he also calls this experience of collaboration a challenge to his skills and a serious test. Among other things, to better create the costumes the sculptor employed a technique that combined modelling with elements of galvanoplasty. Recommendations on the costumes for the personages were provided by Lidiya Kryukova who collaborated with Sokurov on the creation of his film The Russian Ark. The sculptures were made by members of the staff of the St Petersburg Academy of Arts who express deep gratitude for the opportunity to participate in the project and to work under the guidance of an acknowledged master – Alexander Sokurov.


Sculpture: The Prodigal Son. Father and Son



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