Four versions of “The rape of Europa” by Valentin Serov, 1910

Valentin Serov made a journey to Greece with his friend Leon Bakst in 1907. He was impressed by the archaic preclassic Greek and Mycenaean art. Returning home, he began to work on the decorative panel and made several sketches of “The rape of Europa”. His idea was to create grand complete style as he saw it in Greece. But his sudden death in 1911 stopped this realization. 

And Bakst painted his famous “Terror Antiquus” after this travel.

Vsevolod Garshin (14 February 1855 – 5 April 1888) was a Russian writer. His short stories are often concerned to the reflection of the evil’s nature and struggle against it . “The red flower” is considered to be his best work. The main character is a mad man  put in a psychiatric hospital. There in the garden he notices three red flowers and decides that there are the essence of the world’s evil. He intendes to destroy it picking them up. He believes himself to be the only man to understand it and possible to commit. He is ready to sacrifice his life to eliminate the evil. 
Since childhood he had inclinations to mental illness. The impressions of war and execution of terrorist Mlodetsky who tried to assassinate count Loris-Melikov worsened his condition. He tried to save Mlodetsky’s life in order to stop the terror and future deaths. At night he woke the count up and tried to persuade him to mercy upon Mlodetsky. He cried kneeling. But the next day Mlodetsky was executed. 
Garshin’s relatives put him in psychiatric hospital because he constantly cried, drunk, stopped sleeping. He told rambling creepy stories. After two years of recovering he married and wrote “The red flower”. It has biographic features - because it was Garshin who in seizures dreamed about complete destroy of the evil. 
His illness and desperation developed until he committed a suicide by throwing himself down a stairwell in 1888. He was just 33.
@lhommerevoltee photo, jacquemard text.

Vsevolod Garshin (14 February 1855 – 5 April 1888) was a Russian writer. His short stories are often concerned to the reflection of the evil’s nature and struggle against it . “The red flower” is considered to be his best work. The main character is a mad man  put in a psychiatric hospital. There in the garden he notices three red flowers and decides that there are the essence of the world’s evil. He intendes to destroy it picking them up. He believes himself to be the only man to understand it and possible to commit. He is ready to sacrifice his life to eliminate the evil. 

Since childhood he had inclinations to mental illness. The impressions of war and execution of terrorist Mlodetsky who tried to assassinate count Loris-Melikov worsened his condition. He tried to save Mlodetsky’s life in order to stop the terror and future deaths. At night he woke the count up and tried to persuade him to mercy upon Mlodetsky. He cried kneeling. But the next day Mlodetsky was executed. 

Garshin’s relatives put him in psychiatric hospital because he constantly cried, drunk, stopped sleeping. He told rambling creepy stories. After two years of recovering he married and wrote “The red flower”. It has biographic features - because it was Garshin who in seizures dreamed about complete destroy of the evil. 

His illness and desperation developed until he committed a suicide by throwing himself down a stairwell in 1888. He was just 33.

@lhommerevoltee photo, jacquemard text.

Vladimir Ovchinikov - St.George Church in Old Ladoga
St.George Church is one of the oldest in Russia. It was built in 12th century, and even keeps frescoes of that time. 
Old Ladoga was Novgorodian fortress, a key to the Trade Route “From the Varangians to the Greeks”. Novgorod, of course, was a trade city, whom wealth and freedom depended on control of that Trade Route. 
Thus Old Ladoga was an important town, and there was built such expensive (for those times) and splendid church. 

Vladimir Ovchinikov - St.George Church in Old Ladoga

St.George Church is one of the oldest in Russia. It was built in 12th century, and even keeps frescoes of that time. 

Old Ladoga was Novgorodian fortress, a key to the Trade Route “From the Varangians to the Greeks”. Novgorod, of course, was a trade city, whom wealth and freedom depended on control of that Trade Route. 

Thus Old Ladoga was an important town, and there was built such expensive (for those times) and splendid church.