«There was a custom for the knights to travel along the fields and hunt during all days»
Acrylic painting by Vitaliy Kotikov


  • Acrylic painting, Canvas
  • One of a kind artwork
  • Size: 39.37 × 47.24 × 1.97 in (unframed)
  • This artwork is sold unframed
  • Signed on the back

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Vitaliy Kotikov

Russian Federation

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In ancient times, hunting was the best combat school for soldiers. Almost all ancient Russian knights were aware of the need to engage hunting. The prince and the royal hunt were divided into two types: bird hunting and dog hunting. The first lines of the Great Kiev reign history and also the first lines of our fatherland chronicles start with the legend about knights' hunts.

Providence decided to turn hunts into a cure for the enlightenment of Kiev Rus by Christianity. Here is the story about it: Igor Ruricovich, who lived in Kiev with his guardian, Oleg the pagan, was addicted to hunting. Kiev hunting fields were insufficient for him, and he went to Pskov and the city suburbs for hunting.

One day, Igor, accompanied by his hunting squad, was riding a horse to hunt at Vybutsky village. Approaching to the first settlements of Vybutsky village the prince met a beautiful maiden, approached her, stopped his horse and started a conversation with her. The prince asked her questions and the Vybutsky village girl replied modestly and intelligently. The prince was captivated by her and chose her as his spouse. So Igor chose a worthy wife due to hunting. It is known that Olga was the first of Russian princess who adopted Christianity.

Materials used:

Oil, acrylic