Anatoly Fomenko is a Russian mathematician, most famous for his revisionist theories on historical chronology. He believes that all of ancient history (including the history of Greece, Rome and Egypt) is just a reflection of events that occurred in the Middle Ages and that all of Chinese and Arab history are fabrications of 17th and 18th century Jesuits. He also claims that Jesus lived in the 12th century and was crucified in Constantinople, that the Trojan war and the Crusades were the same historical event, and that the British empire was actually the Byzantine empire. Eccentric as this all is, it hasn’t stopped him from gaining a following in Russia, with chessmaster Garry Kasparov a willing convert.
But I first discovered Fomenko through his fantasy illustrations. Heavily inspired by Salvador Dali, Fomenko’s visions are often nightmarish and he seems obsessed by the dark side of surrealism. Most of his work is black and white, although his colour pieces also remind me of William Blake’s drawings for Dante’s Inferno. Despite a level of crassness, there’s something about Fomenko’s relentless imaginings which is absorbing, and you wish that there was an animated film set in his world.
Posted by Manny Z