« 2022. # 2 (164)

The Ethnology Notebooks. 2022. № 2 (164), 491—500

UDK 930.2: (477)”18/19″




  • Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor,
  • Lviv National Academy of Arts,
  • Art Wood Department,
  • 38, V. Kubiyovycha Str., 79011, Lviv, Ukraine,
  • Contacts: e-mail:

Abstract. The article considers a large array of sculptural works of the outstanding Ukrainian artist and writer, art theorist Vasyl Masyutin (1884—1955). The author called the series of medals dedicated to figures of Ukrainian history and culture «medal monographs», seeing in the very idea of ​​his initiative an important mission of consolidating national consciousness. The artist’s approaches to the problem of visualization of images of key figures of the princely, Cossack era and national-cultural rise and state processes of the XIX — early XX centuries are valuable, partly described by him in the accompanying texts.

The relevance of the article is that for the first time in historical science the historiography of the relevant aspect of V. Masyutin’s creative heritage is studied in detail, an attempt is made to scientifically qualify the artist’s creative and reconstructive method in the general strategy of his historiosophical research and national self-identification.

The object of research is part of the rich artistic work of V. Masyutin — works of medal sculpture, the subject — a set of approaches of the author to the solution of artistic images of prominent figures of Ukrainian history and culture.

The methodological basis of the study is biographical, historical-comparative and scientific-interpretative methods, involving ethnopsychological approach to the disclosure of the factor of the author’s subconscious in the overall evolution of his return to Ukrainian cultural and genetic roots.

Keywords: History of Ukraine, historiosophy, sculpture, medal making, portrait genre, creative reconstruction of images of historical personalities, etching, woodcut, national self-identification, plastic-image thinking, grotesque, stylistics.

Received 1.06.2022


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  • Ttt., Sch. (1936). Wasilijef Masjutin. Gebrauchsgraphik (Bd. 11, pp. 43—49). Berlin [in German].
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