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Description of the painting by Valery Jacobi “Ice House”


The painting “Ice House” in 1878 illustrates one of the sad stories in Russian rule - the clownish wedding of Prince Golitsyn and Anna Buzheninova. The canvas reflects the reign of Queen Anna Ioannovna, who became famous for cruel events. The ice house was one of her "playful" decisions. Once, Anna Ioannovna was angry with Prince Golitsyn, who was one of her colleagues. The Empress figured out how to avenge him. She performed further actions so that she looked unsuspicious. She informed the prince that she would give her beloved in marriage to him. And as a gift he will build a magnificent house on the banks of the Neva. It turned out to be an ice house in which everything around was made of ice: furniture, maps, guns, walls. The wedding night the newlyweds also had to spend on the ice bed.

The Shutovskaya wedding was magnificent, and Queen Anna Ioannovna herself participated in it. In addition to her, guests of many nationalities gathered for the celebration. They were dressed in national costumes, which was one of the conditions of the feast. First, the feast was held in the arena of Biron, after which the newlyweds were taken to the ice house and locked there until morning.

The painting “Ice House” illustrates the moment guests arrive the next morning at the “Ice Den” to greet the newlyweds. In the foreground there are figures, mainly playing musical instruments. In the back, mostly dancing women and men. The newlyweds left for the night almost froze, given the fierce Russian frost in former times.





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