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Tarkovsky did not quote works of art in his films. He made dialogues with musical, literary, philosophical, and, of course, beautiful works of philosophers. We focus on the works by Leonardo da Vinci, Andrei Rublev, Pieter Bruegel, Albrecht Durer and other masters, who are present in the films and reveal the meanings and ideas of the director's art.
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From ancient times icon painting served as a "language for the illiterates" – a special language with its own rules and symbols. For centuries icon painting masters perfected it trying to convey spiritual otherness by material means. That is why icon painting is still considered to be the most difficult and rare art, a combination of the human possibilities and the divine principle.
The most explicit symbol of growth, seasonal death and revival is a tree, which has always meant more than a part of a landscape. Since early times it has become part and parcel of folklore and nowadays a tree for some ethnic groups is a totem, a mystical remote ancestor of a tribe. Sacred trees had a magic power innate in their nature. One could assume that some of this magic is inherited by…