The Greek words “tanagra”, “tanagryanka” entered the Russian language about a hundred years ago. They are used today to denote everything fragile, feminine and plastic. The artist V. Serov invented on their basis his term “tanagretika”, meaning by it artless, elegant, the opposite of the cold and rational in art.
The ancient city of Tanagra in Boeotia, in the northeast of the Balkan Peninsula, has gained wide popularity in modern times due to archaeological sensation – the finds of Tanagra figurines. Continue reading