Prominent Russian artist, Mikhail V. Nesterov was an associate of the Peredvizhniki, and an early exponent of the Symbolist movement of the late 19th century. Lel  is an ancient Slavic god of love who meanders woods and fields playing an ethereal song of spring on a pipe. When heard by someone who is ready to be in love the song he plays has the same effect as Cupid's arrow. This magnificent replica is skillfully hand painted in Russia, by I.V. Shepel. Mounted within a simple wooden frame. About 7" x 9".
About the artist: Igor Viktorovich Shepel was born in 1961 in the city of Rostov-on-the-Don. From 1978-1984 he studied at the Rostov College of Arts (named after Mitrofan Borisovich Grekov 1882-1934, founding father of Soviet military theme and panoramic painting). Shepel is a member of the Union of Artists of Russia and participates in many regional and personal exhibitions. He works and teaches at the Grekov Art School. He specializes in museum quality art done in oil, Russian masterpiece replicas as well as replicas of Western masters, both complex and simple. He is especially fond of painting landscapes as well as renditions of famous Russian icons. Many of his works are in museums, galleries and private collections in Russia, Germany, Brazil, and Canada.