The real “Etudes of Russian iconography” rose in the days of the great world war and were completed in the days of the Russian revolution. The first two were issued in the form of separate brochures, and the last one appeared in “Russian thought” (January, 1918). It is only natural that the reader will find in them the resonance of catastrophic events, which Russia suffered in the last few years. It is not a mere coincidence. Namely, the catastrophic events of our days made the author realize more closely the ancient Russian religious art, also born in days of difficult temptations and providing an answer to the great suffering of the people.
Moscow, 22nd September, 1918