The firebird is symbolic of light and it is said that when one feather from the tail of the firebird falls to the ground, a new artistic tradition is born, hence why it is such a popular motif amongst artists.

Ivan Tsarevich + Firebird --- The firebird is symbolic of light and it is said that when one feather from the tail of the firebird falls to the ground, a new artistic tradition is born, hence why it is such a popular motif amongst artists.

In Russian Folk Art, the Firebird is described as a large bird with majestic plumage that glows brightly like a bonfire.  In later iconography, the form of the Firebird is usually that of a smallish fire-colored peacock with a crest on its head and tail feathers of glowing "eyes".  The story of the Firebird inspired Sergei Diaghilev of Ballet Russe to commission composer Igor Stravinsky to create the large-scale ballet score known as The Firebird,  beautiful and haunting music.

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The Firebird-Russian Folklore. The firebird is symbolic of light and it is said that when one feather from the tail of the firebird falls to the ground, a new artistic tradition is born, hence why it is such a popular motif amongst artists.

the firebird from the firebird / the tutu project at the design exchange | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

the firebird from the firebird / the tutu project at the design exchange by wyn. I still want to see a firebird solo dress someday. There are lots of girl on fire dresses but none like this.

The Firebird, Costume Design for Tamara Karsavina in Stravinsky's Ballet the Firebird, 1910 Giclee Print by Leon Bakst at Art.com

The Firebird, Costume Design for Tamara Karsavina in Stravinsky's Ballet the Firebird, 1910

The Firebird, Costume Design for Tamara Karsavina in Stravinsky's Ballet the Firebird, 1910 Giclee Print by Leon Bakst at Art.com

Scene from "The Humpbacked Horse" (Konyok-Gorbunok), sometimes known in English as The Magic Horse or The Little Magic Horse. The titular little horse helps Ivan, a peasant’s son, carry out t...

Capture of the Firebird by PerlaMarina “ Scene from “The Humpbacked Horse” (Konyok-Gorbunok), sometimes known in English as The Magic Horse or The Little Magic Horse. The titular little horse helps.

Misty Copeland dances in the title role of The Firebird. "It was one of the first really big principal roles I was ever given an opportunity to dance with American Ballet Theatre," she says.

Misty Copeland On Broadening 'Beauty' And Being Black In Ballet

This literally my favorite ballet! Misty Copeland dances in the title role of The Firebird. "It was one of the first really big principal roles I was ever given an opportunity to dance with American Ballet Theatre," she says.

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