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UNESCO Anniversary - Aivazovsky 200

News report by BBC Russian, World Service

A man walked past a small house on the Crimean shores and saw a boy drawing on the wall.

"How disobedient," said the father.

"How talented," said the town architect. "This boy should go to the Zimpheropolsky School."

And so he did.

"This boy should go to the Imperial Academy of Art."

And so he did.

And the Tzar mused, "What a pity that there is no one who can paint seas."

And someone answered, "Indeed there is, your highness."

Part of the Hidden Book Season, this production was inspired by the C20 recollections of Aivazovsky's grandson, Alia, stowed in turn in humble drawers in Paris and London.


Images by Peter Mould

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