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The last day of Pompeii

Painting, 1830-th , 465.5×651 cm

Description of the artwork «The last day of Pompeii»

The most significant historical events have always found a reflection in works of art. They excited the imagination of contemporaries, and those who are separated from the incident of the century. Such a great tragedy that claimed the lives of many people, was the eruption of the volcano Vesuvius, which buried under a layer of ash prosperous and beautiful city of Pompeii.

Impressed by a visit to the excavations of Karl Bryullov came up with the idea to create the painting "Pompeii." Interest in this historic event did not just come about on its own and through stories of his brother artist, architect Alexander Bryullov. Besides, works of art with similar subjects were in Vogue at the time. The painter, who was in Italy for quite a long time, began to feel somewhat dismissive attitude to yourself and your creativity from local artists. Some of them believed that Carl is not able to write something more meaningful than small narrative paintings, through which he became famous. Conceiving "The last day of Pompeii"Father not only wanted to create huge size and the idea of the canvas, but and prejudices arrogant Italians.

From the first sketches before the advent of the final version of the painting took nearly six years. The painting, considered one of the most significant works of the artist, is in the Russian Museum in St. Petersburg and is one of the most frequently visited and loved by the public. However, her writing was preceded by numerous sketches in pencil, watercolor and oil. One of the variants of "Destruction of Pompeii", which Bryullov wrote in 1828, is located in the State Tretyakov Gallery, and is causing the visitors no less interest than the finished product.

Looking at it, it's easy to imagine what a huge significance for the ambitious young painter to write a masterpiece on the tragic destruction of the ancient city. Each sketch is the next stage of the artist's career that brings him to the ultimate goal.
Description of the painting Briullov "Last day of Pompeii"

The study of paintings with a story on a historical theme scintillating. Especially interesting to see the sketches that precede its creation. Many of the details, the overall mood of the picture, the coloring — everything is subject to change depending on how the vision of the artist that is more important or relegated to the background.

The time during which written Bryullov "the Last days of Pompeii", is only 11 months. The development of the final version of the painting took six years. In the 1828 sketch is missing some details that can be seen on the canvas, located in the Russian Museum.

The Central group has consistently postponed Briullov from the sketch on the sketch: this family with two small children fleeing from the wrath of Vesuvius. Another detail that is present on all versions of the painting: woman killed by falling from a chariot. The child who was with her, alive. He is in despair, hugging mother, eyes full of fear of impending disaster. Apparently, the deceased was a noble pompejana, as evidenced by the jewels from the impact and scattered over the stone pavement. Many critics, including contemporaries of the painter, saw in the death of this unfortunate loss of the ancient world.
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About the artwork

Art form: Painting

Subject and objects: Historical scene

Style of art: Romanticism

Technique: Oil

Materials: Canvas

Date of creation: 1830-th

Size: 465.5×651 cm

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