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Siege of Pskov by the Polish king Stefan Batory, Bryullov

Siege of Pskov by the Polish king Stefan Batory, Bryullov

The siege of Pskov by the Polish king Stefan Batory in 1581 - Karl Pavlovich Bryullov. 1839 - 1843

Work on the painting "The Siege of Pskov" according to the memoirs of contemporaries was given to Bryullov very difficult. Recognized all over Europe thanks to his famous Pompeii, the painter worked fruitfully in the genre of portraiture and genre scenes, but the public longed to see the monumental multi-figured canvas again. And Bryullov himself wanted to be re-famed, and he chose the battle as the plot for the new picture when the troops of the Polish king Stephen and the fiercely defending inhabitants of Pskov and its suburbs came together.

The canvas, indeed, is distinguished by a complex compositional construction. It is known that Bryullov did a great job at the preparation stage - he created a number of field sketches near Pskov, studied all the preserved artifacts of antiquity in the city itself, re-read historical research and evidence.

It is said that the emperor himself proposed the idea of ​​the canvas to the artist, who also composed an approximate composition for the future painting, however, Bryullov immediately politely criticized it. The king understood the criticism, but harbored an insult.

The canvas was not destined to repeat the glories of The Last Day of Pompeii, the picture remained incomplete - the large-scale plan turned out to be difficult to realize under the scrutiny of an audience awaiting yet another triumph, and Bryullov himself sadly called Pskov's annoyance.

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