The famous painting “Allegory of Painting” by Russian artist Andrei Matveev was painted in watercolor on oak canvas in 1725. It was a significant year for the painter. The painting was created and sent to the royal palace to express condolences to the wife of Peter I in connection with the death of the latter. Thanks to the king and his wife, he received a good education abroad, which he owed to the ruler.
On canvas, the empress appeared in the image of the Roman goddess of wisdom - Minerva. The goddess is high in the clouds. She looks down on a picture that is created by another allegorical character - Painting. A woman with great interest is watching the work of a craftswoman. Painting is focused on his creation, because for her this work is very important. After drawing a portrait of Minerva, she tries to appease her a little.
The masterpiece is made in halftone technique. This work was a breakthrough not only in the artist’s homeland, but also far beyond its borders. The creator of painting, Andrei Matveev, created his masterpiece in the form of a plot on secular subjects. This was a new direction in art.
If you look closely at the picture, you will notice a certain uncertainty of the author of the work when he drew a nude of the Painting. It does not attract the attention of the viewer. All the attention is taken by a woman in the clouds. She lies on a cloud, like on a sofa, while posing in an elegant pose. The artist tried with all his might to give her a resemblance to the great and powerful Empress Catherine I. And he succeeded.
The painter, first of all, wanted to show not the images themselves, but the storyline of a work of art. His goal was to give the picture a deep inner content. The second thing he focused on was a palette of colors and a light brushstroke. The picture was excellent with a deep meaningful meaning.
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