Storytelling – getting the pictures from my head into yours

Bogatyri

bogatyriI’ve already mentioned them on my page on Russian Tales, the knights-errant from Kiev, but here is Viktor Vasnetsov’s painting of the three most famous, whose adventures are told in various byliny: Dobryna Nikitich [the courageous one] is on the left, Alyosha Popovich [the clever one] is on the right, and Ilya of Murom [the honest one] is in the middle. A full-length 1956 film about Ilya Muromets is here, with subtitles, and the English-language version is here.

As you can see, Bilibin is not the only brilliant artist. And Vasnetsov was given the honour of a Google Doodle.

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