Description of the painting by Andrey Matveev "Allegory of Painting"

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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