'Holy Nahum will guide the mind!'
It was on the day of the Holy righteous Naum, which falls on December 1, that they began to teach literacy in Russia. The artist perceived the world of letters as a kind of revelation. In her opinion, the alphabet is not a simple list of phonetic symbols. With its help, you can understand the meaning of ancient letters, discover the hidden idea of texts.
In 1911, Elizabeth Merkuryevna, already having sufficient knowledge, begins to implement a long-conceived idea - the creation of an illustrated alphabet. The painstaking work lasted two years, and in 1913 the first edition was published. It contained a rich culture and fundamental folk knowledge, collected bit by bit by the artist and embodied by her in absolutely magical (and, at the same time, realistic) images.
The brave knight and the fabulous Firebird, the mysterious witch Doctor and the terrible Oprichnik look at the viewer from the postcards of the Alphabet, carrying not only knowledge, but opening the secret meaning and transmitting the spirit of Holy Russia.