Nikolai Roerich was born on October 9th, 1874 in Saint-Petersburg. After studying law and attending the Academy of Art, Roerich developed a passionate interest in archaeology, his contribution to which was acknowledged when he became a lecturer at the Russian Archaeological Society in 1900. His extensive travels in Europe, Russia, Asia, and especially India were a source of inspiration wholly original and unique. The prolific creator of over 7000 paintings, Roerich belonged to the great creative art movement which took place in Russia before the Bolshevik revolution. Besides his enormous artistic talent, Roerich was the author of the Pact which bears his name and which was designed to protect the cultural heritage in time of war. After living a very full life, he died in the Kulu valley in India in 1947. Recognized in 1923, there is a museum in New York devoted to him. He wrote numerous books and collections of poetry, and contributed to artistic and archaeological journals. Roerich, with his huge and versatile talent, is one of the most interesting creative minds of the early 20th century. Some fine examples of his art are to be found in ""La Balance"" and ""Loukomori"" in the 1905 work of M. Maeterlinck, in stage sets for Rimsky Korsakov's Snegurochka, Paris 1909, and in sets and costumes for Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, 1910-1921.