The Mysteries of the Plyos Attraction
In his article, the Director for Science of the Plyos Museum Reserve shares his thoughts on the preconditions of the appearance and improvement of the Plyos architectural and landscape ensemble, which has long since been an attraction for travellers. Isaac Levitan was not the first to be impacted by the mysterious magnetism of this town on the Volga River, however, he was the one to open Plyos for his contemporaries as an abundant source of creative inspiration serving as a kind of a specific artistic and aesthetic indicator revealing the potential of local landscapes. Since then, for 135 years now, this small town occupying an area of three square kilometers and with a population of two thousand has been a location of interest for large numbers of visitors, mostly artists. The superb illustrations to the article are just a fraction of the heritage that has enriched Russian art.
Key words: Plyos attraction, a voyage on the Volga River, I.I. Levitan, Plyos Museum Reserve, architectural and landscape ensemble.