Askold's grave is a place shrouded in a halo of secrets and mysteries. In addition to the fact that the area is a monument of historical architecture, it is considered sacred and mystical among local residents. Taras Shevchenko dreamed of capturing on a sheet all the places of his native land, evoking his warm feelings and love. Askold's grave belongs to one of these places.
P. Sokolov is known as the first Russian artist who decided to paint a portrait exclusively in watercolor, and laid the foundation for a new genre in Russian painting. For the first half of the 19th century, P. Sokolov’s actions as a portrait painter were truly progressive, which is why the artist was repeatedly invited to paint portraits of famous personalities living both in Russian and in the French court.
The painting, called Narcissus and the echo, created by the artist Poussin, causes those who look at it to be quite contradictory, and sometimes repelling each other's emotions. But in the end, this work makes a person think about how life is structured and what place it occupies in it. Of particular interest is the work, not only because of its emotional content, but also because of its technical performance.
Jan van Eyck portrayed the Arnolfini family at the time of the marriage, the plot of the household. A man and a woman are standing opposite each other, a little turned to the artist. The situation in the room is home, there are slippers, a small dog runs around the house. The painter displayed the room unusually, a view from above. The hands of the characters are connected, this gesture looks ritual, more like a given, and not as a manifestation of tenderness and love.
The painting, written by Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky in 1836, is currently stored in the State Russian Museum, in St. Petersburg. The artist’s picturesque marina depicts the Kronstadt seaport. The stormy sky hanging menacingly over the Gulf of Finland in the background of the picture inspires a feeling of uneasiness, but the blue of the sky above the large warship at the pier balances the plot of the picture.
The main character of this painting is Homer, a great old man whose thoughts and sayings have been passed from mouth to mouth for many centuries. The elder's face expresses wisdom and clarity of mind, and the shoulders and knees of the sage are covered with white cloth. Glory - a beautiful angel in white robes and sparkling wings crowns the old man with gold laurels.