Russian jeweler and stone carver Vladimir Kamenev

George the Victorious. Topaz. Art by Russian master of Glyptic Vladimir Kamenev

George the Victorious. Topaz. Art by Russian master of Glyptic Vladimir Kamenev

Russian jeweler and stone carver Vladimir Kamenev. Contemporary Russian master of Glyptic Vladimir Kamenev creates in the same traditional way – using a drill, sharpened nails at different angles and a set of abrasives. Subtle details have been drawn into sharp pieces of diamond. Creation in intaglio technique the plot of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Virgin of the Rocks” took the carver more than a year, and “The Last Supper” – about two years of hard work. Complex multi-figure compositions by Russian artist V.Kamenev on subjects of paintings by Leonardo and evangelical scenes have no analogues in the world.

Adoration of the Magi. Topaz. glyptics. Art by Russian master of Glyptic Vladimir Kamenev

Adoration of the Magi. Topaz. glyptics. Art by Russian master of Glyptic Vladimir Kamenev

“… A diamond can not be considered a work of art. Stones of known shape and carved image on them are much more interesting, even if they themselves were not particularly remarkable, they represent documents of imperishable art of all times and have great value to the historian of art and culture. Ptolemaic cameo in this sense is much more valuable and has a much deeper meaning than the largest diamond adorning some crown”. R.Brauns. “The kingdom of minerals.” St. Petersburg., 1906.

Anna Akhmatova. stone carver Vladimir Kamenev

Anna Akhmatova. Blue Topaz. glyptics. Art by Russian master of Glyptic Vladimir Kamenev

Collecting carved stones was passion and privilege of the powerful. No exception was the Russian monarchs. Passionate collector of gems was Empress Catherine the Great.

St. Nicholas the Wonderworker. stone carver Vladimir Kamenev

St. Nicholas the Wonderworker. Topaz. glyptics. Art by Russian master of Glyptic Vladimir Kamenev

The Holy Family (Gustave Dore). stone carver Vladimir Kamenev

The Holy Family (Gustave Dore). Topaz. glyptics. Art by Russian master of Glyptic Vladimir Kamenev

The Last Supper. Topaz. glyptics. stone carver Vladimir Kamenev

The Last Supper. Topaz. glyptics. Art by Russian master of Glyptic Vladimir Kamenev

The Rape of Europa. Topaz. glyptics. stone carver Vladimir Kamenev

The Rape of Europa. Topaz. glyptics. Art by Russian master of Glyptic Vladimir Kamenev

Tondo Doni (Michelangelo). stone carver Vladimir Kamenev

Tondo Doni (Michelangelo). Topaz. glyptics. Art by Russian master of Glyptic Vladimir Kamenev

Venus with a Mirror. Topaz. glyptics. stone carver Vladimir Kamenev

Venus with a Mirror. Topaz. glyptics. Art by Russian master of Glyptic Vladimir Kamenev

Virgin of the Rocks (Leonardo da Vinci). stone carver Vladimir Kamenev

Virgin of the Rocks (Leonardo da Vinci). Topaz. glyptics. Art by Russian master of Glyptic Vladimir Kamenev

stone carver Vladimir Kamenev

Zverev. Citrine. glyptics. Art by Russian master of Glyptic Vladimir Kamenev

From the journal “Наше Наследие” № 77 2006 (“Our Heritage” № 77 2006)
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