Substitute Science for the Sorcerer's Spells
The letter З from The Anti-Religious Alphabet
14 7/8 x 10 5/8 in. (37.8 x 27 cm)
Mikhail Mikhailovich Cheremnykh
(Tomsk, Russia, 1890 - 1962, Moscow, USSR)
Full Title:The letter З from The Anti-Religious Alphabet
Medium and Support:
Marion Stratton Gould Fund
The Anti-Religious Alphabet
From a portfolio of 27 prints.
In many Russian rural communities, peasants consulted the village sorcerer as frequently as they consulted the village priest. The toothless and unkempt man on the left-- the sorcerer-- is shown with various tools of his trade: a rat, a bone, seeds, and a candle. A bottle labeled with the symbol of the Russian Orthodox cross is probably holy water, linking the magic of the sorcerer with the sorcery of the church. The scientific alternatives to magic, including the "new bible" Political Education, a microscope, and a draftsman's triangle are shown on the right.
[Gallery label text, 2004]