Mysticism is near us
Did anything surprising happen to you? Our electricity was leaping (my computer didn't turn on at all). On this day, so many things accumulated that everything had to be done…

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New year's fairy tales and magic plots…
The old year is gone, the past is gone. This time always brings a touch of mystery, magic, fairy-tale. Since childhood, the time of making wishes and their implementation. And…

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No luck, neither in death nor in love: is it really over Isadora Duncan hangs a family curse?
The name of Isadora Duncan is well known in Russia. The talented dancer went down in the history of world art as a bold experimenter. However, the Grand success did…

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Monthly Archives: August 2018

Mystical story of the painting of Ivan Kramskoy “Mermaids»

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

Seven rings of Pushkin: could the talisman save the poet in a duel?

“Keep me, my mascot” – these lines are familiar to everyone from school, but few people know what role mascots played in the life of Alexander Pushkin. In total, the Russian svetocha had seven rings, and each had a mystical power. According to one version, the fatal shot in a duel with Dantes was fatal due to the fact that Pushkin specially put on a ring with a carnelian, which could protect from betrayal, but was powerless before a violent death…
Art historians know a lot about Pushkin’s rings. There were seven rings in the poet’s collection. In itself, this figure is magical, granting immortality. Pushkin’shusband into was carnelian, and it is believed that it was his example that “infected” the silver age Bohemians with a love of jewelry with this semiprecious stone. Continue reading

Mountain of the Dead demands new victims: remembering the tragedy at the Dyatlov pass
The first of February will mark 57 years since a terrible tragedy took place high in the mountains of the Northern Urals on one of the passes – members of…

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God of fertility
The God of fertility associated with Navya (the lower world) was Veles (Volos, Vlas). The name Veles goes back to the ancient root "vel" with the meaning "dead". But since…

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Fascinating work, at the same time causing anxiety and emotion
The works of this Illustrator evoke mixed emotions – the viewer feels both emotion and anxiety. Invented by the artist, cute and strange creatures that walk in the company of…

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Guardian angel
This happened at the end of November 2004. Then I just got a passport, and my friends and I were going to celebrate the New year in "warm lands". The…

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