"Slavic art struck me as the kind of elective no one signed up for"

The Slavs are an ethnic group found mostly in central and eastern Europe and Russia.

Zmei Gorinich by Russian artist, Viktor Vasnetsov
Public DomainZmei Gorinich by Russian artist, Viktor Vasnetsov - Credit: Viktor Vasnetsov
Sirin and Alkonost - Birds of Joy and Sorrow by Russian artist, Viktor Vasnetsov
Public DomainSirin and Alkonost - Birds of Joy and Sorrow by Russian artist, Viktor Vasnetsov - Credit: Viktor Vasnetsov