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Rudolf Steiner's Sculptural Group

A Revelation of the Spiritual Purpose of Humanity and the Earth

September 2013
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  • Publisher
    Temple Lodge Publications
  • Published
    20th September 2013
  • ISBN 9781906999452
  • Language English
  • Pages 140 pp.
  • Size 6.125" x 9.25"

“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 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 [“I”], 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 early history if the sculptural group and Steiner’s collaboration on its creation with Edith Maryon, Prokofieff enters 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, and the being Anthroposophia.

Sergei O. Prokofieff

Sergei O. Prokofieff (1954-2014) was born in Moscow, where he studied fine arts and painting at the Moscow School of Art. At an early age he encountered the work of Rudolf Steiner and quickly realized that his life would be dedicated to the Christian path of esoteric knowledge. He wrote his first book, Rudolf Steiner and the Founding of the New Mysteries, while living in Soviet Russia, and it was published in English in 1994. After the fall of Communism, he helped establish the Anthroposophical Society in Russia. In 2001, he became a member of the Executive Council of the General Anthroposophical Society at the Goetheanum in Switzerland. More than 30 of his books have been translated into English. Sergei Prokofieff passed away in Dornach, Switzerland.