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Bylina Collection

"Bylina: A Journey into the Enchanting World of Russian Folklore" Step into the captivating realm of Russian folklore through these mesmerizing illustrations

Background imageBylina Collection: Illustration to the The Tale Synko-Philipko, 1890s. Artist: Polenova, Elena Dmitryevna (1850-1898)

Illustration to the The Tale Synko-Philipko, 1890s. Artist: Polenova, Elena Dmitryevna (1850-1898)
Illustration to the The Tale Synko-Philipko, 1890s. Found in the collection of State V. Polenov Open-air Museum of History and Art, Polenovo

Background imageBylina Collection: Single combat of Peresvet and Temir-murza on the Kulikovo Field in 1380

Single combat of Peresvet and Temir-murza on the Kulikovo Field in 1380. Artist: Jacobi, Mavriki Petrovich (1906-1938)
Single combat of Peresvet and Temir-murza on the Kulikovo Field in 1380. Private Collection

Background imageBylina Collection: Cover of 'Contes de l Isba', 1931. Creator: Bilibin

Cover of "Contes de l Isba", 1931. Creator: Bilibin
Cover of " Contes de l Isba", 1931. Private Collection

Background imageBylina Collection: Three queens of the underground kingdom, 1879. Creator: Vasnetsov

Three queens of the underground kingdom, 1879. Creator: Vasnetsov
Three queens of the underground kingdom, 1879. Found in the collection of State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

Background imageBylina Collection: The Frog Princess, 1901-1918. Creator: Vasnetsov, Viktor Mikhaylovich (1848-1926)

The Frog Princess, 1901-1918. Creator: Vasnetsov, Viktor Mikhaylovich (1848-1926)
The Frog Princess, 1901-1918. Found in the collection of State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

Background imageBylina Collection: The peasant and the domovoy, 1922. Creator: Chekhonin, Sergei Vasilievich (1878-1936)

The peasant and the domovoy, 1922. Creator: Chekhonin, Sergei Vasilievich (1878-1936)
The peasant and the domovoy, 1922. Private Collection

Background imageBylina Collection: The Hut on Chicken Legs. Illustration to the poem Ruslan and Lyudmila by A. Pushkin, 1921-1926

The Hut on Chicken Legs. Illustration to the poem Ruslan and Lyudmila by A. Pushkin, 1921-1926. Private Collection

Background imageBylina Collection: Illustration to the fairytale The White Duck, 1901. Creator: Bilibin, Ivan Yakovlevich (1876-1942)

Illustration to the fairytale The White Duck, 1901. Creator: Bilibin, Ivan Yakovlevich (1876-1942)
Illustration to the fairytale The White Duck, 1901. Private Collection

Background imageBylina Collection: Bogatyr. Creator: Veshchilov, Konstantin Alexandrovich (1878-1945)

Bogatyr. Creator: Veshchilov, Konstantin Alexandrovich (1878-1945)
Bogatyr. Private Collection

Background imageBylina Collection: Gusli musician, 1911. Artist: Stelletsky, Dmitri Semyonovich (1875-1947)

Gusli musician, 1911. Artist: Stelletsky, Dmitri Semyonovich (1875-1947)
Gusli musician, 1911. Found in the collection of the Russian State Library, Moscow

Background imageBylina Collection: Fairy tale. Artist: Stelletsky, Dmitri Semyonovich (1875-1947)

Fairy tale. Artist: Stelletsky, Dmitri Semyonovich (1875-1947)
Fairy tale. From a private collection

Background imageBylina Collection: Illustration for the Fairy tale Marya Morevna, c. 1925. Artist: Zvorykin, Boris Vasilievich

Illustration for the Fairy tale Marya Morevna, c. 1925. Artist: Zvorykin, Boris Vasilievich
Illustration for the Fairy tale Marya Morevna, c. 1925. Private Collection

Background imageBylina Collection: Firebird as Tsarevna, c. 1925. Artist: Zvorykin, Boris Vasilievich (1872-after 1935)

Firebird as Tsarevna, c. 1925. Artist: Zvorykin, Boris Vasilievich (1872-after 1935)
Firebird as Tsarevna, c. 1925. Private Collection

Background imageBylina Collection: Illustration for the Fairy tale Snegurochka, c. 1925. Artist: Zvorykin, Boris Vasilievich

Illustration for the Fairy tale Snegurochka, c. 1925. Artist: Zvorykin, Boris Vasilievich
Illustration for the Fairy tale Snegurochka, c. 1925. Private Collection

Background imageBylina Collection: Illustration for the Fairy tale Vasilisa the Beautiful, c. 1925. Artist: Zvorykin

Illustration for the Fairy tale Vasilisa the Beautiful, c. 1925. Artist: Zvorykin
Illustration for the Fairy tale Vasilisa the Beautiful, c. 1925. Private Collection

Background imageBylina Collection: Illustration for the Fairy tale of Ivan Tsarevich, the Firebird, and the Gray Wolf, c

Illustration for the Fairy tale of Ivan Tsarevich, the Firebird, and the Gray Wolf, c. 1925. Private Collection

Background imageBylina Collection: The Death of Grand Duke Oleg, 1832

The Death of Grand Duke Oleg, 1832. Private Collection

Background imageBylina Collection: Illustration to the poem The Song of the Merchant Kalashnikov by M. Lermontov, 1891

Illustration to the poem The Song of the Merchant Kalashnikov by M. Lermontov, 1891. Found in the Collection of Russian State Library, Moscow

Background imageBylina Collection: Maslenitsa (Lubok), Second Half of the 19th cen

Maslenitsa (Lubok), Second Half of the 19th cen. Private Collection

Background imageBylina Collection: Tsarevich

Tsarevich, . Private Collection

Background imageBylina Collection: The Princess Who Never Smiled (Nesmeyana), 1896. Artist: Vasnetsov, Viktor Mikhaylovich (1848-1926)

The Princess Who Never Smiled (Nesmeyana), 1896. Artist: Vasnetsov, Viktor Mikhaylovich (1848-1926)
The Princess Who Never Smiled (Nesmeyana), 1896. Private Collection

Background imageBylina Collection: Ivan Tsarevich fought Zmey Gorynych

Ivan Tsarevich fought Zmey Gorynych. Found in the Collection of State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

Background imageBylina Collection: Illustration for the Fairy tale Morozko, 1931

Illustration for the Fairy tale Morozko, 1931. Private Collection

Background imageBylina Collection: Bolotnik. Artist: Belukha, Yevgeny Dmitrievich (1889-1943)

Bolotnik. Artist: Belukha, Yevgeny Dmitrievich (1889-1943)
Bolotnik. Private Collection

Background imageBylina Collection: Illustration to the The Tale Ded Moroz, 1888. Artist: Polenova, Elena Dmitryevna (1850-1898)

Illustration to the The Tale Ded Moroz, 1888. Artist: Polenova, Elena Dmitryevna (1850-1898)
Illustration to the The Tale Ded Moroz, 1888. Found in the collection of State V. Polenov Open-air Museum of History and Art, Polenovo

Background imageBylina Collection: Illustration for Canto of Oleg the Wise, 1899. Artist: Vasnetsov, Viktor Mikhaylovich (1848-1926)

Illustration for Canto of Oleg the Wise, 1899. Artist: Vasnetsov, Viktor Mikhaylovich (1848-1926)
Illustration for Canto of Oleg the Wise, 1899. Private Collection

Background imageBylina Collection: The Flight of Prince Igor from the Polovtsian camp, 1185 (From Illustrated Karamzin), 1836

The Flight of Prince Igor from the Polovtsian camp, 1185 (From Illustrated Karamzin), 1836. Found in the collection of Russian State Library, Moscow

Background imageBylina Collection: The Death of Grand Duke Oleg. 912 (From Illustrated Karamzin), 1836

The Death of Grand Duke Oleg. 912 (From Illustrated Karamzin), 1836. Artist: Chorikov, Boris Artemyevich (1802-1866)
The Death of Grand Duke Oleg. 912 (From Illustrated Karamzin), 1836. Found in the collection of Russian State Library, Moscow

Background imageBylina Collection: Illustration to the The Tale of the Fisherman and the Fish. Artist: Bilibin

Illustration to the The Tale of the Fisherman and the Fish. Artist: Bilibin, Ivan Yakovlevich (1876-1942)
Illustration to the The Tale of the Fisherman and the Fish. Private Collection

Background imageBylina Collection: Illustration to the The Tale Synko-Philipko. Artist: Polenova, Elena Dmitryevna (1850-1898)

Illustration to the The Tale Synko-Philipko. Artist: Polenova, Elena Dmitryevna (1850-1898)
Illustration to the The Tale Synko-Philipko. Found in the collection of State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

Background imageBylina Collection: Churilo Plenkovich. Illustration for the book Russian epic heroes

Churilo Plenkovich. Illustration for the book Russian epic heroes. Artist: Bilibin, Ivan Yakovlevich (1876-1942)
Churilo Plenkovich. Illustration for the book Russian epic heroes. Private Collection

Background imageBylina Collection: Volga Svyatoslavich. Artist: Bilibin, Ivan Yakovlevich (1876-1942)

Volga Svyatoslavich. Artist: Bilibin, Ivan Yakovlevich (1876-1942)
Volga Svyatoslavich. Private Collection

Background imageBylina Collection: Koschei the Immortal. Artist: Malyutin, Sergei Vasilyevich (1859-1937)

Koschei the Immortal. Artist: Malyutin, Sergei Vasilyevich (1859-1937)
Koschei the Immortal. Found in the collection of State Museum Abramtsevo Estate, near Moscow

Background imageBylina Collection: Blessed Be the Host of the King of Heaven, 16th century. Artist: Russian icon

Blessed Be the Host of the King of Heaven, 16th century. Artist: Russian icon
Blessed Be the Host of the King of Heaven, 16th century. Found in the collection of the State United Museum Centre in the Kremlin, Moscow

Background imageBylina Collection: The Svantevit-Stone in the church in Altenkirchen on the island Rugen, before 1168

The Svantevit-Stone in the church in Altenkirchen on the island Rugen, before 1168. Artist: Pre-Christian Art
The Svantevit-Stone in the church in Altenkirchen on the island Rugen, before 1168. Found in the collection of the Pfarrkirche zu Altenkirchen

Background imageBylina Collection: Gold pendant (Kolt) with the Sirin birds, 11th-12th century. Artist: Ancient Russian Art

Gold pendant (Kolt) with the Sirin birds, 11th-12th century. Artist: Ancient Russian Art
Gold pendant (Kolt) with the Sirin birds, 11th-12th century. Found in the collection of the State Hermitage, St. Petersburg

Background imageBylina Collection: Blessed Be the Host of the King of Heaven (Detail: lower warriors range conducted by Alexander)

Blessed Be the Host of the King of Heaven (Detail: lower warriors range conducted by Alexander Nevsky and Saint George), 1550s. Found in the collection of the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

Background imageBylina Collection: Blessed Be the Host of the King of Heaven (Detail: Warriors Range: Ivan IV, Vladimir Monomakh)

Blessed Be the Host of the King of Heaven (Detail: Warriors Range: Ivan IV, Vladimir Monomakh, Vladimir I)
Blessed Be the Host of the King of Heaven (Detail: Warriors Range: Ivan IV, Vladimir Monomakh, Vladimir I, Boris and Gleb), 1550s. Found in the collection of the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

Background imageBylina Collection: Blessed Be the Host of the King of Heaven (Detail: Fire in Kazan), 1550s. Artist: Athanasius

Blessed Be the Host of the King of Heaven (Detail: Fire in Kazan), 1550s. Artist: Athanasius
Blessed Be the Host of the King of Heaven (Detail: Fire in Kazan), 1550s. Found in the collection of the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

Background imageBylina Collection: Blessed Be the Host of the King of Heaven, 1550s. Artist: Athanasius

Blessed Be the Host of the King of Heaven, 1550s. Artist: Athanasius, Metropolitan of Moscow (active Mid of 16th cen. )
Blessed Be the Host of the King of Heaven, 1550s. Found in the collection of the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

Background imageBylina Collection: Sadko, 1899-1900. Artist: Vrubel, Mikhail Alexandrovich (1856-1910)

Sadko, 1899-1900. Artist: Vrubel, Mikhail Alexandrovich (1856-1910)
Sadko, 1899-1900. Found in the collection of the State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

Background imageBylina Collection: Sadko, 1899. Artist: Vrubel, Mikhail Alexandrovich (1856-1910)

Sadko, 1899. Artist: Vrubel, Mikhail Alexandrovich (1856-1910)
Sadko, 1899. Found in the collection of the Regional Art Museum, Gorlovka

Background imageBylina Collection: Tsarevna at the window (The Princess Who Never Smiled), 1920

Tsarevna at the window (The Princess Who Never Smiled), 1920. Artist: Vasnetsov, Viktor Mikhaylovich (1848-1926)
Tsarevna at the window (The Princess Who Never Smiled), 1920. Found in the collection of the Regional Art Gallery, Tchelyabinsk

Background imageBylina Collection: A Knight. Artist: Vasnetsov, Viktor Mikhaylovich (1848-1926)

A Knight. Artist: Vasnetsov, Viktor Mikhaylovich (1848-1926)
A Knight. Found in the collection of the State Art Museum of the Kyrgyz Republic, Bishkek

Background imageBylina Collection: Alyonushka (Study), 1881. Artist: Vasnetsov, Viktor Mikhaylovich (1848-1926)

Alyonushka (Study), 1881. Artist: Vasnetsov, Viktor Mikhaylovich (1848-1926)
Alyonushka (Study), 1881. Found in the collection of the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

Background imageBylina Collection: The Trial of Strength of Yan Usmar, 1796. Artist: Ugryumov, Grigori Ivanovich (1764-1823)

The Trial of Strength of Yan Usmar, 1796. Artist: Ugryumov, Grigori Ivanovich (1764-1823)
The Trial of Strength of Yan Usmar, 1796. Found in the collection of the State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

Background imageBylina Collection: The Trial of Strength of Yan Usmovets, 1849. Artist: Sorokin, Yevgraf Semyonovich (1821-1892)

The Trial of Strength of Yan Usmovets, 1849. Artist: Sorokin, Yevgraf Semyonovich (1821-1892)
The Trial of Strength of Yan Usmovets, 1849. Found in the collection of the Far Eastern Art Museum, Khabarovsk



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"Bylina: A Journey into the Enchanting World of Russian Folklore" Step into the captivating realm of Russian folklore through these mesmerizing illustrations. In Elena Dmitryevna Polenova's "The Tale Synko-Philipko, " we witness a vivid depiction of mythical characters, bringing to life an age-old story. Marvel at the intricate ceramic masterpiece, "The Mikula Selyaninovich and Volga Fireplace, " crafted in 1898-1899. Its detailed design transports us to a bygone era, where legends were born around crackling fires. Bilibin's enchanting cover for "Contes de l'Isba" (1931) invites us to explore tales from traditional wooden houses nestled deep within Russia's mystical landscapes. Immerse yourself in the magical world he creates with his brushstrokes. Vasnetsov's "Three Queens of the Underground Kingdom" (1879) unveils a hidden realm beneath our feet, where powerful female rulers reign supreme. Their majestic presence captivates and enthralls all who gaze upon their regal forms. Viktor Mikhaylovich Vasnetsov continues to weave his spellbinding magic with "The Frog Princess" (1901-1918). This iconic illustration captures the essence of one of Russia's most beloved fairytales, evoking a sense of wonder and nostalgia. Sergei Vasilievich Chekhonin introduces us to "The Peasant and the Domovoy" (1922), showcasing the bond between humans and house spirits that have long been part of Russian folklore. The artist beautifully portrays this connection through his unique style. "The Hut on Chicken Legs, " illustrated by Ivan Yakovlevich Bilibin for Pushkin's poem Ruslan and Lyudmila (1921-1926), offers a glimpse into Baba Yaga's whimsical dwelling—a place where reality and fantasy intertwine.