In 1977-1978 I linked my penetration into Roman history with Plutarch and Marcus Aurelius. At that time the whole “Roman” series of etchings was made. Then, after some interval, I returned to that theme in early 1980-s, when a real flow of drawings began to develop it in a bit different aspect. History vanishes and gives place to the genre of bucolic subjects. It makes a poetic sense of my work. In 1984-1985 I do it again in etching, but this time it’s not a continuation of a previous series. Now it’s populated with centaurs and satires in long waistcoats, and the landscape is full of architectural debris. Here the iron Rome collapsed and his ruins became a dwelling of people, united rather by human passions instead of state ideals.

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