Combat Gallery Sunday: Repin x3
In 1891, Ilya Yefimovich Repin completed his giant 6×11 ft painting “Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks to Sultan Mehmed IV of the Ottoman Empire” after an 11-year effort, selling the piece to Tsar Alexander III for a princely sum.
Hung in the Tsar’s Winter Palace in Saint Petersburg.at the time, the painting is still there, although the palace is now the State Russian Museum.
It depicts the popular legend of the 1676 cossack reply to an ultimatum of the Ottoman sultan, Mehmed IV, that these autonomous border people submit to Turkish rule. The reply, as the story goes, was one of insults with each rough steppes horseman striving to outperform his buddy. A lot of references to Mehmed’s mother and at least one goat were mentioned in the reply.
Since then, the painting has been updated a few times with the same Russian patriotic tendency.
Zaporozhian have been swapped out for Red partisans in WWII
This most recent example, by Vladimir Nesterenko, is set in Syria with the modern Russian military, complete with 30mm grenade launchers and AK74s.
The next one will probably be set in space.
Tags: cossacks, Cossacks Writing a Mocking Letter to the Turkish Sultan, И.Репин, Mehmed IV, Nikolay Solomin, Red partisans, Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks to Sultan Mehmed IV of the Ottoman Empire, Vladimir Nesterenko, Zaporozhye
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