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John the Baptist in Yaroslavl. The walls of the apses of St. John are entirely covered with enameled brick patterns, presenting a rich array of designs done with a skill and finish that demonstrate a remarkable feehng for harmony and color. The Decorative Arts Decorative art Russian artistic architecture. is probably the only other genius expressed The explanation is which the itself as brilliantly as it to did in be found in the fact that these fields are so closely interrelated that to field in it is often difiicult determine just where the creative function of architecture ends and the art of decoration begins.
From Turkestan they spread outward in many momentous effect upon all surrounding wave of Oriental nomads to sweep the Black Earth region in historical times. The Scythian directions with countries, forming the across first 5 M. RostovtzeflF has advanced the theory of the Iranian origin of the Scythians; the Russian scholars V. V. Grigoriev, I. E. Zabelin, and D. I. Ilovaisky suggest that the Scythians must have been of Slavic origin. ( See Ellis H. Minns, Scythians and Greeks, 35 ff. ). Zabelin believes that the Scythians were the ancestors of the Slavs; he points to the striking resemblance of the figures— their features, haircuts, and clothes— on the Kul-Oba and Nikopol vases to the modem Russians.
Every phase of it appears, from the simple undulating stem to complex projections of winding branches bearing fantastic leaves and blossoms. Animal life has been the dominant theme of Russian artists since time immemorial, and it has always been dramatically exploited. ^ In early days it was common practice to shape the extremities of animals as birds' or griffins' heads. Later the animals developed floriate extensions, and leaves and blossoms were even substituted for ornament, in But a more eflPective and characteristic to employ the two motifs simultaneously.