Messiah. 2005.

Author: Alexey Leonov
Material: Shamotte
Location: Private collection
Size: 74 х 50 х 29

The sculpture represents the author’s solution to the eternal theme of the coming of God’s Messenger and the salvation of the world judged by the Messiah.
It is known that in many religious traditions, believers are waiting for the coming of the Messiah – God’s messenger who will cleanse the world of evil and restore the balance of the world. The teachings of the Messiah should help establish a kingdom of peace and spirituality on earth.
In Islam, there is the idea of a Mahdi, and in Shiite Islam, there is the idea of a “hidden” Imam. Among the Sufis, the Messiah is called pir – the head of the community, a spiritual teacher. In Buddhism, the future Buddha Maitreya is considered a savior. In Zoroastrianism – Saoshyant. In Hinduism, Kalki is the tenth avatar (incarnation) of Vishnu.
The Christian religious tradition considers Jesus of Nazareth to be the Messiah. The Messiah first came at the beginning of the new era in the person of Jesus Christ (the first coming), and in the future, the Second Coming of Jesus is expected with the final establishment of the Kingdom of God.
The sculpture captured the moment of the division of the world between Light and Darkness. The Messiah carries the Higher Will with a broad gesture – an order. He who is in the Light will be saved, he who is overtaken by evil will go into darkness. The solemn and beautiful face of Christ, the determination of the Messiah – as the guide of the Will of God – is unbreakable. In the symbolic aura of Christ, the sculptor recorded the moment of the supreme battle in which Michael the Archstrategist defeated the evil serpent.