Russian Art

Vasnetsov, V. M. Knight at the Crossroads. 1882

Knight at the Crossroads (larger version of the 1878 painting of the same title located in the Serpukhov Museum of History and Fine Arts). Vasnetsov's "Knight at the Crossroads" (1882) exemplifies his use of "bylina." The knight has stopped at a sign at the roadside which reads, "No one shall walk, ride, or fly this road." To the hero of an ancient epic poem, such a sign would prove irresistible. (00379)
Copyright ©. George Mitrevski. Auburn University.