The Slav Epic by Alphonse Mucha – Myth and History Cover Image

„Славянска епопея“ на Ал. Муха – мит и история
The Slav Epic by Alphonse Mucha – Myth and History

Author(s): Nadezhda Tsocheva
Subject(s): History, Cultural history
Published by: Шуменски университет »Епископ Константин Преславски«
Keywords: history; myth; Slavonic unity; allegory; symbol; image of Linden

Summary/Abstract: The text focuses on the series of 20 canvases by Alphonse Mucha “Slav Epic”, which present a brilliantly conceived narrative history of the Slavic people in general. The historical meaning has been sought from the point of view of the contribution of Slavic people to the development of human spirit – their way of cultural and political upheaval which is supportive of the equal right of the peoples of the world to exist and prosper in a world free from oppression and occupation. History is seen as a myth; the principles of mythology are also studied, especially, the relationship between reality and allegory, the past and its symbolic significance. The sacrality of images is achieved through the heroes-people interconnection, the symbolism of the lime tree as a sacred tree for the Slavs, the idea of the power of the spirit and the magic of speech. The text explores the place of Bulgaria in “The Slav Epic” and the reception of Mucha in the Bulgarian reality, and also the idea of opposing the Faust’s soul to the Slavic soul.

  • Issue Year: 2018
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 243-268
  • Page Count: 26
  • Language: Bulgarian