#4 Merritt - Hannan Merritt Looking Paper Part 2 Ivan...

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Hannan Merritt Looking Paper Part 2 12/4/07 Ivan Bilibin’s painting makes conscious choices to depict Il’ya and his steed more clearly and   brightly than Solovei the Robber.  Ivan Bilibin’s painting of “Il’ya Muromets and Solovei the  Robber” depicts the noble bogatyr Il’ya Muromets on the edge of a forest on top of his steed  aiming an arrow at Solovei the Robber hiding in a tree.  A title like this immediately creates a  preconceived notion of Solovei as a criminal.   This title also makes it easier to distinguish who  the characters in the painting are. If the title was lacking the word “Robber” it would be harder to  have an impression of Solovei as a criminal from the painting alone. This painting depicts Il’ya in full battle dress on his bright yellow almost golden steed  with his back to the viewer.  Il’ya is rendered with much more care than Solovei and it is much  easier to distinguish both Il’ya and his steed’s features. This corresponds to the notion that Il’ya  is the venerated hero of Russian folk tradition. Solovei by being described as a “Robber” in the 
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This note was uploaded on 05/05/2008 for the course RUS FSEM taught by Professor Galloway during the Fall '08 term at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

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