I want to introduce to you Boris Indrikov – contemporary Russian artist, whom I was fortunate to meet in person. I was completely blown away by his Velikie Veliki project (in Russian, English adaptation), which was a mockery of pseudoscience and folk history. I won’t give you spoilers, but trust me – it’s a brain candy! Note: all the text in the Russian version was written by Boris on such a high level that it resulted in a holy war on Russian historical forums.
Лучше синица в руках, чем журавль в небе (lúchshe sinítsa v rukákh, chem zhurávl’ v nébe).
Literally: a tomtit in the hands is better than a crane in the sky.
In 1897 Nicholas Roerich graduated from the Imperial Academy of Arts in Saint Petersburg. “The Messenger” was his diploma work. It was bought by Russian businessman and art collector Pavel Tretyakov.
Leo Tolstoy told Roerich:
“Have you ever had to cross a fast river on a boat? You should always reign above the place where you need to, otherwise the river will drift you off the course. And in the field of moral requirements one should always steer higher – life will carry away everything. Let your messenger keep the rudder very high then he will reach the destination!”