Monday, June 1, 2015

Oleg

Pushkin's "Song of Oleg" recounts a meeting between the Russian Prince Oleg (c. 900) and a mage, and later his death. Watercolor by Vasnetsov, 1899.

What I find curious is how similar the style is to illustrations of Ossian, and a lot of German/Celtic art in general. Was there actually some sort of similar ancient art style that these ancient tribal groups shared, or did artists in various European countries just all start drawing them similarly?

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