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The trip of the young Russian artist Karl Bryullov to Italy in 1827 became significant not only for the master himself, but also for the whole world painting. Feeding on the impressions of what was seen on the site of the once prosperous city of Pompeii destroyed by Vesuvius, the young author creates a masterpiece of world fine art, the grandiose painting “The Last Day of Pompeii”.
The picture was created over 3 years. At the same time, Bryullov brought himself to exhaustion. And finally, his plan was realized. The picture combines the world of impending danger and how people behave differently in the face of death.
Here, young Pliny persuades a mother who has fallen to the ground to rise and go away from danger. Next, the sons carrying the old father try to save him in a safe place. Immediately, a man who raised his hand to heaven, tries to protect his family. Next to him is a woman-mother with her children on her knees, who are seeking protection and help from her.
Here is a Christian priest with divine attributes. He is calm and fearless in the face of impending danger. A servant of God looks at the heavens blazing with all-devouring fire, crumbling under the tremendous power of the statues of former idols.
In the depths of the canvas appears a pagan priest who, in fear, is trying to escape and take with him the sacred altar. In this contrast, the idea of the significance of the Christian faith, which replaces the pagan, is traced.
In the background, on the left, Bryullov draws a crowd of fugitives, among which stands out the figure of an artist saving objects of his craft. In this artist, the author portrayed himself.
In the foreground of the canvas is a woman lying on the ground and a baby mourning her. The symbolism of this image is to change one time to another.
In a wonderful painting by Karl Bryullov, the viewer finds answers to eternal questions about the destiny of man, about his role in the world and history.
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