Dmitry Likhachev was a Soviet and Russian philologist, art historian, writer, academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences (until 1991 – Academy of Sciences of the USSR). He had made a significant contribution to the study of Old Russian literature and art. Likhachev is an author of more than forty books on a wide range of problems in the theory and history of ancient literature, many of which have been translated into different languages. He has been called “a guardian of national culture” and “Russia’s conscience”.
Dmitry was born on November 28, 1906 in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire. Little Dima liked to go to the theater. Nutcracker was the first performance he watched. The little boy was impressed by the Christmas tree and the snow falling on the stage. The theater became his favorite place. There was a blue velvet curtain from Mariinsky Theatre in his office, which he bought in the 1940s.