The Alkonost is, according to Russian folklore, a creature with the body of a bird but the head of a beautiful woman. It makes sounds that are amazingly beautiful, and those who hear these sounds forget everything they know and want nothing more ever again, rather like the sirens of Greek myth. The alkonost lays her eggs on a beach and then rolls them into the sea. When the alkonost's eggs hatch, a thunderstorm sets in and the sea becomes so rough that it is untravelable.
Illustration for Alexander Pushkin's 'Fairytale of the Tsar Saltan', 1905 - Ivan Bilibin - WikiArt.org
‘Illustration for Alexander Pushkin's 'Fairytale of the Tsar Saltan'’ was created in 1905 by Ivan Bilibin in Art Nouveau (Modern) style. Find more prominent pieces of illustration at Wikiart.org – best visual art database.
The Horses of Ivan Bilibin
Bogatyr Volga with his army pt 2 ; The Horses of Ivan Bilibin BiliwarIvan was a Russian painter, born in St. Petersburg in 1876. He was raised fairly isolated from the traditional Russian art community and found himself inspired by Russian folk art & fairy tales.
Le sultan vindicatif, 1922 - Leon Bakst - WikiArt.org
‘Le sultan vindicatif’ was created in 1922 by Leon Bakst in Art Nouveau (Modern) style. Find more prominent pieces of design at Wikiart.org – best visual art database.