Roerich, Nicholas (1874-1947) - 1917 Hidden Treasure (Nicholas Roerich Museum, New York City)
Oil tempera on canvas; 48.5 x 76.5 cm.
Nicholas Roerich, also known as Nikolai Konstantinovich Rerikh, was a Russian mystic, painter, philosopher, scientist, writer, traveler, and public figure. A prolific artist, he created thousands of paintings (many of them are exhibited in well-known museums of the world) and about 30 literary works. Roerich was an author and initiator of an international pact for the protection of artistic and academic institutions and historical sites (Roerich’s Pact) and a founder of an international movement for the defence of culture. Roerich earned several nominations for the Nobel Prize.