The heyday of the Kremlin. 155.3 x 284.5 cm
The end of the XIX century, in Russian art, unusually high interest in the history of his native country. Many artists turn to the creation of historical paintings, among which the paintings of Apollinarius Mikhailovich Vasnetsov stand out for their authenticity.
Fascinated by the work of reconstructing the appearance of ancient Moscow, he studies old maps, Moscow archives, takes part in archaeological excavations. The master especially liked to paint the views of Moscow of the 17th century, because this period was most known about.
This picture of him belongs to a large group of graphic works created by him for the Moscow Communal Museum at the beginning of the 20th century.
Summer sunny day. A majestic Kremlin spreads out on a green hill, surrounded by a defensive wall with battlements similar to a dovetail. Against the background of the blue sky and white fluffy clouds floating on it, the dummies of numerous churches are clearly visible. The big dome of the Arkhangelsk Cathedral is gilded, the Ivan the Great bell tower proudly rises above all the buildings.
In the center of the picture on powerful supports is the very first stone bridge leading to the Borovitskaya Tower and called the All Saints. Stone shopping malls are built on it, and at the very beginning there is a snow-white paving bridge decorated with high windows and two green roofs.
Roads leading from six passage gates are still being built - they are laid with heavy logs. A sailing ship moored to a steep bank, men loaded heavy bags into a cart. Nearby, workers in white shirts are resting, something hotly discussed by the boyars in bright rich clothes. To the right, behind high fences, are wooden houses.
Pure, transparent shades of blue-green, yellow, light orange and sand watercolor colors emphasize the gentle radiance of snow-white walls and towers, their solemn beauty and lightness. The magnificent view of the Kremlin delights, filling with light and joyful feelings.