Voyager Who Gave Witness to War : Notes on Vasily Vereshchagin

Oct. 26 is the birthday of a Russian artist who dared to show the grim toll of battles. He also traveled widely, visiting Central Asia, the Middle East, the United States, India and Japan.

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Vereshchagin, “Taj Mahal Mausoleum, Agra. Undated,” Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow. Image in public domain.
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Vereshchagin, “Apotheosis of War,” 1871. Tretyakov Gallery. Wikimedia copy of image in public domain.,
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Vereshchagin photo. Image in public domain via Wikiart.
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Vereshchagin, “Gur Emir Mausoleum. Samarkand,” 1869–70. Tretyakov Gallery. Wikiart copy of image in public domain.
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Vereshchagin, “Main Street in Samarkand from the Citadel in the Early Morning,” 1869–1870. Tretyakov Gallery. Image in public domain.
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Vereshchagin, “In Jerusalem, Royal Tombs.” 1884–5. Wikiart copy of image in public domain.
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Vereshchagin, “A Resting Place of Prisoners, “1878–1879. Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Lilla Brown in memory of her husband, John W. Brown.
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Vereshchagin, “The Road of the War Prisoners,” 1878–1879. Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Lilla Brown in memory of her husband, John W. Brown. Image in public domain.
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Journalist fascinated by art, history, medicine, politics and food. Has visited museums on six continents, eaten in more than 50 nations. Knows FDA, Congress.

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