The Painting "Confessions" of Nikolay Raynov


  • Yvanka B. Raynova Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (Sofia) / Institut für Axiologische Forschungen (Vienna)



Nikolay Raynov, Art History, Aesthetics, Painting, Culture


The aim of the following paper is to show that it is not possible to penetrate into the depths of Nikolay Raynov's universe and to comprehend its wholeness, without posing and investigating the question about the origin or the foundation of his various creative occupations, i.e his novels, philosophic and theosophic writings, art history and critique, paintings, decorative design etc. This question is far too complex to be answered briefly without being simplified, and therefore two main directions will be articulated: the recption of Orphism developed in Plotinus' and Porphyry's Neoplatonism – which is the basis of modern Theosophy –, and the synthetic understanding of art, which puts Raynov's views in close proximity to Wassily Kandinsky and Nicholas Roerich.



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How to Cite

Raynova, Y. B. (2018). The Painting "Confessions" of Nikolay Raynov. Labyrinth, 20(2), 201–208.



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