In the history of classical Russian painting, there are many mysterious and surprising episodes that allow us to talk about the existence of paintings with “bad reputation”. This list includes several works by the famous artist-Peredvizhnik Ivan Kramskoy. The largest number of legends is associated with his painting “Mermaids”.
The idea of” Mermaids “appeared in the artist under the impression of N. Gogol’s Novella “may night, or the drowned Woman”. According to popular beliefs, girls who were drowned after death became mermaids. It was them and decided to write Ivan Kramskoy. This theme was very unexpected and new for the realist artist. The artist was very fond of Gogol and read all his works many times. He wanted to convey the very atmosphere of “May night”, to immerse the viewer in the mysterious world of Ukrainian folklore. Continue reading
Climb to the top of mount Everest while wearing only shoes and shorts? Swim in icy water 100 meters under the ice? Stand for two hours in a container of ice? – All this seems impossible for an ordinary person, at least without serious, if not fatal, health consequences. However, the Dutchman WIM Hof proved by his example – as well as by the example of his students – that such “superpowers” are available to everyone.In April, Wim Hof, who is also called the “Ice man”, will turn 58 years old. Most people by this age acquire some health problems and reasons for sadness; constant stress, sedentary lifestyle, medications, poor ecology, viruses-there are more than enough factors around us that lead us to a situation where complaining about health becomes almost a habit. Continue reading