Il1 - Il'ia Efimovich Repin: Sadko in the Underwater...

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Il'ia Efimovich Repin: Sadko in the Underwater Kingdom (1876) > Oil on canvas, 322,5 x 230cm. The Russian Museum, St. Petersburg Repin is mostly known for his portraits, genre and historical paintings, and this is why his Sadko in the Underwater Kingdom stands out from the rest. Sadko, in comparison to Repin’s other works, seems different and unlikely, because it brings a Russian oral epic into the real world through illustration. The story of Sadko is one of the oldest epics of the Russian culture. “The three songs about Sadko are remarkable because they represent the only Russian epic in which the main character makes a journey to the otherworld. . . . They also combine the elements of everyday life, customs, and institutions in Novgorod from the twelfth through the fifteenth centuries with folk beliefs and with motifs from magic tales” (Bailey and Ivanova 293). In that sense, Sadko contains some elements of a historic painting since Repin dressed his characters in historically accurate costumes, similar to those we encounter in other
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This note was uploaded on 11/05/2011 for the course ARH ARH2000 taught by Professor Karenroberts during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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