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Infernal Creatures
June 13, 2018
A small pause to contemplate these incredible creatures, resulting from four different copies (including 3 around 1300 and one from 1464) of Brother Laurent Somme le Roi. Commissioned by Philippe le Hardi, this manual of moral and religious instruction in French prose is also known by the sweet name of Livre des vices et des vertus. The laity were thus invited to perfect their knowledge of the vices to flee and the virtues to cultivate in order to lead a good Christian life.
The preamble quotes a beast from the Apocalypse of Saint John (chapter 13): "And I saw a beast come up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten tiaras, and on his heads names of blasphemy. The beast that I saw was like a leopard; his feet were like those of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion."

And as the inscription says : "Ceste beste senefie le deable" !

manuscritp from 1294
manuscritp from 1295
manuscritp from 1311
manuscritp from 1464


In pre-colors
June 11, 2018
Sometimes, it's better to do a few roughs before throwing yourself into paper models, just to realize that grandma's curtains as a dress, it's not necessarily a good idea... we'll stay on the second idea!


Little girl
June 11, 2018
I like the lack of thickness of the story characters. They are passive drivers of events, without much detail about their physics or psychology, and often without first names either.
So I'd like you to meet the little girl.


Baba Yaga's features
June 11, 2018
High, massive as a rock, with a fluid dress like a torrent, adorned like any powerful mistress of magic, the old woman with the scarf hides her steel teeth under impassive features.

Ivan-iron-hand
June 06, 2018
Ivan Bilibin is one of the great illustrators (among other skills) of the early 20th century.
He puts his talent at the service of the pictorial renewal of Russian art and is particularly active in the development of theatre sets and book illustrations.

The illustration of traditional Russian tales is his favourite field. He blends his fine knowledge of Russian cultural heritage with a sense of page layout and image setting that completely goes beyond the "decoration" of the book: one can speak directly of illumination. Enhanced by his artistic culture (Art nouveau to Japanese printmaking..), his practice aims to create a harmonious, lively page, where the drawing is designed with its setting of borders, cartouches or friezes. The medieval spirit, manifested as much in the design of the page as in the costumes of the characters, suits the magical and wonderful register of the tale.
Of course, Bilibin did a portrait of Baba Yaga!


The stepmother Yaga
June 06, 2018
Finally, I did not come across the baba Yaga but the stepmother.
High, massive and authoritarian, like any sister of the Yaga. In his bourgeois costume, and especially in his beautifully decorated paper. Here is the paper model cut out to see a little clearer on this character in becoming.


Traditional costume
June 06, 2018
Here is the image that inspired the first track, taken from the article National costume of women in Russia XVII-XX centuries .
It is a dress from the first half of the 19th century.
The sarafan, the dress whose straps here are covered by the dushegreia, is commonly worn in northern and central Russia for several centuries. Its shapes, colours and patterns depend on where it is made. And like all clothing, sophistication depends on your purse... or the purse you claim to own. The whole confers a massive and simple form, as underlined by this rich article.
The headdress, called kokoshnik (from the slavon kokoch : the hen - a family tie in addition to the baba Yaga and her chicken-house), is historically worn by married women, with a scarf. Here, he's from the Tver area.