Russian painting

Herminia at the shepherds, Bryullov - description of the painting

  • Author: Karl Pavlovich Bryullov
  • Museum: Tretyakov Gallery
  • Year: 1824
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Description of the picture:

Herminia among the shepherds - Karl Pavlovich Bryullov. 1824. Oil on canvas, 98 x 137.5

One of the most remarkable works of Bryullov on the religious story is the painting "Herminia by the Shepherds". The picture appeared under the impression of the poem "The Liberated Jerusalem" by the Italian poet Torquato Tasso (16th century).
Rural secluded life away from shocks as a plot for the canvas - was very popular with artists, especially in the Baroque era. Young Erminia, the daughter of the Saracen king, in love with a knight-Christian, went to look for her beloved for the war, fearing for his life. Dressed in armor, she suddenly heard the magic sounds of a pipe — the old shepherd was playing. Following the wonderful sounds, Erminia came to the old hut, where she saw the family of shepherds weaving baskets. Noticing the girl in uniform, the old shepherd began to convince her of the charms of a secluded quiet, and most importantly, peaceful life.
The classic plot with its traditional elements differs nevertheless with the stylistic innovations that Bryullov brought into his canvas. All images are characterized by a realistic interpretation - we see the living surprise of the shepherds, which is readable both in their faces and in their poses. Only the figure of Erminia can be reproached with a certain academic character and statuarity - the folds of clothes have a pronounced sculptural interpretation.
Despite the harmony of the picture, it was still not finished by the painter - the master's keen nature, drove him forward, forcing him to start new subjects.

Other paintings by Bryullov
Portrait of Princess Saltykova
Piferari before the image of the Madonna
The last day of Pompeii
Italian morning
Italian noon
Art genius
Portrait of M. A. Beck
Death of Inessa de Castro
At the Bogoroditsky oak
Girl picking grapes
Grandmother and Granddaughter's Sleep
Interrupted date
The Siege of Pskov

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