Konstantin Egorovich Makovsky painted this patriotic canvas for six years. This is the largest easel canvas in Russia. In addition to the main character - Minin, it depicts more than a hundred portrait characters.
Inspired the author to create this masterpiece, Repin, who in 1891 showed the light of his creation, entitled "Cossacks write a letter to the Turkish Sultan." The delight was insane, then Makovsky decided to draw the largest historical canvas.
To do this, he went to Nizhny Novgorod, where he spent more than one day in dusty archives. Historians have confirmed that the gatherings took place near the church of St. Nicholas. The usual trading took place on this day, it was then that Minin decided to turn to Nizhny Novgorod with a word.
The artist reliably conveyed the architecture of that time, characteristic towers and wooden peaks. He made sketches of people from the window of a guest house on Rozhdestvenskaya Street. He spent hours watching the merchants and other people of various classes.
The author sought out the most interesting faces and tried to convey the mood, and even the character of a person. At the same time, the artist met Karelin A.O., who reverently collects household items of the old time. He collects outfits and various characteristic gizmos. It was necessary to convey the real picture of the offerings, all the caskets and caskets are copied from genuine products.
The painting is based on historical facts that occurred in 1611. The painting of 40 square meters was first shown in Nizhny Novgorod, was 1896. On canvas the colors of the early morning of an autumn day are precisely transferred. Zemsky elder Minin calls on the people to help the Moscow state, people carry their savings and put on an impromptu rostrum. Still around the canvas there are a lot of fees and comments. Someone praises the author, but there are those who criticize and point out flaws.
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