The Seated Demon, 1890, oil on cavnas, The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia.
The Demon is a Romantic poem, written in 1829-41 by Mikhail Yurevich Lermontov, Russian Romantic poet and novelist.Sad Demon, exiled spirit, was flying over the sinful Earth. He was tired of his own evil, of his empty and needless life, which can’t be stopped and had to go on and on. In Georgia, a local prince was preparing a wedding feast for his beautiful daughter Tamara and a prince from another country. Tamara was dancing when Demon saw her. The foreign prince was hurrying to wedding, but he was ambushed and killed by robbers. All in tears Tamara was lying in her chamber, when she heard a strange caressing voice, which tried to calm her. She was afraid and pressed her father never to try to marry her off again, but to send her to the monastery, so that God could defend her. But Demon found her in the monastery as well and managed to seduce her. He was sincerely in love and wanted to change his life with her, he did not want be evil again. She believed. After their night together, Tamara died. Demon wanted to take her soul, but the Angels took it and did not allow Demon to follow her to the God.