Natalia Goncharova, Harvest Angels Throwing Stones on the City (1911) Painting Poster

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About the Painting

Harvest Angels Throwing Stones on the City (Russian: Ангелы, мечущие камни на город) is a 1911 painting by Natalia Goncharova (Russian: Наталья Гончарова).

The painting formed part of her 1911 pictorial cycle, "The Harvest," and, like other canvases from this cycle, abstractly illustrates the Book of Revelation, interpreting and actualizing that ancient prophecy through her mystical insight.

The fall of stones in the Apocalypse is spoken of only once at the end of the sixth chapter of the Book of Revelation.

"And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?"

Revelation 6:14-17, King James Version

According to the text, the stones must fall at the request of the people themselves, so that they can completely hide in their caves from the face of God. In Harvest Angels Throwing Stones on the City, instead of mountains and caves, we see a city of rickety houses where modern people live set into motion by God and Angels.

A stone is not just something that kills and closes the entrance to the cave of the soul, where the inner Christ is buried, but it is also something that frees from sin and gives hope. It is not for nothing that Goncharova's painting depicts angels and stones of three different colors (and it is clear that the stones are nothing more than a rougher expression of the Angels themselves). Before us is the Divine Trinity, which is trying not to punish, but to endow humanity with its gifts, which turn into flying and crushing stones from the inability of people to accept these gifts. The Red Angel is God the Father, the Orange Angel is the Son, and the White Angel is the Holy Spirit, the comforter who, behind the catastrophe, gives the light of salvation.

"To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it."

Revelation 2:17, King James Version

It is not without reason that this painting cycle was created just a few years before the start of the First World War. Goncharova subsequently emigrated from her homeland, whose militant atheism and merciless state terror gave no room for her talents.

Original Painting

Natalia Goncharova, Harvest Angels Throwing Stones on the City (1911) Painting Poster

Poster Quality

Museum-quality posters made on thick and durable matte paper. Add a wonderful accent to your room and office with these posters that are sure to brighten any environment.

Please note, all poster sizes are in inches (1 inch = 2.54 cm). 

• Paper thickness: 10.3 mil
• Paper weight: 5.57 oz/y² (189 g/m²)
• Giclée printing quality
• Opacity: 94%

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