Thursday, July 8, 2010

The Doors of Tamerlane

The Doors of Tamerlane (1872-73) by the Russian painter Vasily Vasilyevich Vereshchagin (1842-1904).

Vereshchagin served in the Russian army in their campaigns in Central Asia and participated in military actions against the Emir of Bukhara and fought with bravery in the defense of Samarkand. During these campaigns he became fascinated by the live and culture of the people there. He painted later many Central Asian warriors in their archaic look. Or he painted like here historical warriors guarding the palace of Tamerlane in Samarkand resembling their actual heirs.


  1. Ohh lovely! I don't know if that is what the warriors actually looked like, but the detail is staggering. Vereshchagin was like a cultural historian, recording the detail for posterity.

  2. I think Vereshchagin didn't know either. He was more inspired of central Asia at his own time.
    But anyway he was one of the very best.