1876. Oil on canvas. The Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia. Read Note.
Sadko is a hero of a Russian fairy-tale, a merchant from Novgorod. During his business trips, he visited many magical lands, including the Sea Kingdom, where the daughter of the Sea King, Princess Volkhova, fell in love with him and helped him to escape to land. There is an opera on the subject by Rimsky-Korsakov (1896). Many Russian artists worked on the stage set and designed costumes for the play and opera. Among them are Repin and Vrubel.
See: Ilya Repin. Sadko.