Monthly Archives: August 2018
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
“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