|Portrait of Metropolitan Antonius
Oil on canvas
140 x 108.5 cm
Antonius (1846-1912), Metropolitan of St Petersburg and Ladoga, lay name Alexander Vasilyevich Vadkovsky. He was educated at Tambov Theological Seminary and Kazan Theological Academy. In 1883 he was ordained a celibate priest and later appointed Archimandrite of the St John Monastery in Kazan. He became Rector of the St Petersburg Theological Academy in 1887, then a bishop, then was the Bishop of Vyborg and in that same year became head of the newly-formed Finnish diocese. From 1898 he was Metropolitan of St Petersburg and Ladoga. In 1900 he was elected a member of the State Duma. A degree of Doctor of Theology was conferred on Metropolitan Antonius for his important work.