Rodion Petroff is a Lithuanian painter. His work is defined by the context and technique of his paintings. His realism is to be seen as a tool rather than a goal. Recognizable urban landscapes as well as social action of figures in the scenes create the illusion of daily routines. Petroff’s architectural landscapes are a key to the past dressed in a historical code. The city is an artificial system created by humans taking different shapes and forms in different times. The future is perceived through the prism of the past, reflecting on old buildings helps us to rethink the past and to create a basis of the future.