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Description of the painting by Konstantin Gorbatov “The Invisible City of Kitezh”


The great Russian artist Konstantin Gorbatov, born in the city of Stavropol in 1876, is one of the most prominent and central representatives of Russian post-impressionism. The fate of the artist was very difficult and for many years his work was forgotten and was banned in the former USSR.

But after the collapse of the Soviet Union, his work and his work, as well as the work of many other artists who fell under the repressive Soviet-Bolshevik system, began to return to their homeland and more and more significant interest began to arise. It is precisely Gorbatov’s works that can be increasingly seen at various exhibitions dedicated to artists of Russia of the last century, as well as in antique salons, where it is quite possible to find more than one of his paintings. The artist's works are distinguished by the quality factor of their performance and high artistic skill.

The same applies to his painting entitled "The Invisible City of Kitezh", which Gorbatov painted in 1913. When creating this picture, the artist used an old legend about the ancient, mythical city of Kitezh, which was supposedly located in the northern part of the Nizhny Novgorod region near the village of Vladimirskoye and from the city called Semenov, which was located on the river called Lunda.

According to the legend itself, the Grand Duke of Vladimir named Yuri first built a city on the Volga River, which he later called Small Kitezh, and only then, on the banks of Lake Svetloyar, which the prince discovered soon near these places, he also erected this city. Moreover, historians directly link the name of the city from the princely village, which was called Kideksha. According to historical data, this village was located near Suzdal, which was captured and burned by the Tatars in 1237 during the invasion of Batu Khan to Russia.

The invisible city of Kitezh appears before the viewer in the form of a huge ship on the lake, on which there are a variety of buildings and paddles launched, so that you can go on a trip at any time. The possibility of movement of this city on the water is also evidenced by the sails located on the ship-castle.





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