Karl Pavlovich Bryullov in 1821 painted the painting “The Appearance of Three Angels to the Mamvrian Oak to Abraham” The author has found a balance between creating a human portrait and an unthinkable landscape.
Abraham turned out to be majestic, but a bit theatrical. On it hangs a red canopy with all kinds of folds. Angels, like tired travelers who crouched in front of a difficult road. Their images are bright and pure, it is immediately clear that they are celestial beings that do not belong to our sinful world.
The farthest angel listens attentively to the man and at the same time straightens his shoes. But in order to depict such a natural behavior, the artist had to redraw the canvas several times. He had found thousands of sketches, he was looking for perfect poses for each character of his work.
Particular attention is paid to gestures and hand movements and facial expressions. The author studied in detail the plastic of the body, creating all kinds of sculptures. And he was able to correctly attract all this knowledge, creating this canvas. Critics criticize the creator for the theatricality of the ongoing actions. But it is only in the first minutes that the eye falls on Abraham's bright robe and the impression of unnaturalness is formed.
As soon as the gaze is translated into three angels, it becomes clear that they are not sitting on the stage, but under the crown of a magnificent oak. Hills and rocks flaunt in the background. I would like to take a closer look and examine each detail in more detail and understand what these heavenly messengers are thinking about.
The near angel is weary of wanderings and even holds an auxiliary staff in his hands. Fatigue indicates that angels are no different from humans. They feel pain and may get tired. Behind them wings are white, but they only add weight and make movement difficult. This is a living canvas that is worthy of respect and admiration.
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