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RUDOLF STEINER'S SCULPTURAL GROUP
A Revelation of the Spiritual Purpose of Humanity and the Earth
Sergei O. Prokofieff
10 June 2013;
23.5 x 15.5 cm;
"After Rudolf Steiner's experience of the Christ mystery, which he describes in his autobiography as 'having stood in spirit before the Mystery of Golgotha', the revealing of this mystery to all people of good will - not only in the form of knowledge but also through art, which makes it accessible to direct perception - was one of the most important aims of his life." - Sergei O. Prokofieff
Saved by good fortune from the flames that engulfed the first Goetheanum, Rudolf Steiner's wooden sculpture of the Christ - "the Representative of Humanity" - standing between the adversary forces of Lucifer and Ahriman, remains intact, although unfinished, and on display to this day. Unique in the history of art, the Sculptural Group was deeply connected to Rudolf Steiner's inner being. The great Christian initiate even died by its side, having made efforts to work on the sculpture days before he crossed the threshold. The essential source from which this work was created, says Sergei Prokofieff, "... lay in Rudolf Steiner's ego, in his spirit... It was only out of this intuitive connection of his own ego with the Christ Being that he was able to create this work of art."
Beginning with the Sculptural Group's early history, and Steiner's collaboration on its creation with Edith Maryon, Prokofieff enters into deeply esoteric perspectives, studying the artwork's relationship with the mysteries of the Holy Grail, the etherization of the blood, the Seventh Apocalyptic Seal, the Legend of the New Isis, as well as the being Anthroposophia.
SERGEI O. PROKOFIEFF, born in Moscow in 1954, studied painting and art history at the Moscow School of Art. He encountered anthroposophy in his youth, and soon made the decision to devote his life to it. He has been active as an author and lecturer since 1982, and in 1991 he co-founded the Anthroposophical Society in Russia. In Easter 2001 he became a member of the Executive Council of the General Anthroposophical Society in Dornach. He is the author of dozens of books, including May Human Beings Hear It!, The Occult Significance of Forgiveness and The Appearance of Christ in the Etheric.