The artist is Semiradsky
In 1877, Semiradsky performed four compositions on the walls of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow from the life of the noble Prince Alexander Nevsky. The usual abundance of historical surroundings for the artist’s works, creating wealth and luxury of the situation, the sonority of color put these works among the main jewelry of the majestic church interior. Grand Duke Alexander Nevsky repeatedly visited the Horde, having spent a total of four and a half years there. In these long trips, his gift of a diplomat, so unusual for a warrior, was revealed. Peaceful activity also demanded known heroism. As the “Life …” of the Blessed Prince says, one day the Zolotordyn Khan Baty commanded him to fulfill the pagan rite of worshiping the sun and idols used in the reception of foreigners. To this, the Grand Duke responded with a categorical refusal, conquering the respect of the Mongols with his courageous act, which, however, differed to treasure. This fact, if he really took place, confirms a favorable attitude towards Alexander by Baty, who executed Mikhail Chernigov under the same circumstances. (P. To.)
Electronic catalog “Heroes and villains of Russian history”. SPb, 2010. With. 70.