“Book shops on the Spassky bridge in the XVII century”, Apollinariy Mikhailovich Vasnetsov – overview of the painting

“Book shops on the Spassky bridge in the XVII century”, Apollinariy Mikhailovich Vasnetsov – overview of the painting
“Book shops on the Spassky bridge in the XVII century”, Apollinariy Mikhailovich Vasnetsov - overview of the painting - 1

    • Author: Apollinariy Mikhailovich Vasnetsov
    • Museum: Museum of History and Reconstruction of Moscow
    • Year: 1902

Overview of the painting :

Book shops on Spassky bridge in the XVII century – Apollinariy Mikhailovich Vasnetsov. Cardboard, coal, watercolor, pencil, white. 49 x 66 cm
Apollinariy Mikhailovich Vasnetsov, enthusiastically studying archeology and history, in love with old Moscow, recreated its appearance in a large cycle of paintings. Thanks to him, we can imagine what she once was like, to see buildings that have not survived to this day, such as this Spassky bridge.

XVII century. Summer sunny day. White fluffy clouds float in the high blue sky. The sun’s rays brightly illuminate the high snow-white walls with narrow loopholes on the upper galleries, powerful quadrangular towers under wooden tent roofs.

A wide brick bridge with powerful supports, built through Alevizov moat filled with water, leads to the gates of the Spasskaya Tower.

Switching through the parapet, two citizens passionately catch fish in it, throwing long fishing rods into the motionless gray-green expanse of water.

The massive green grate that closes the entrance to the Kremlin has been raised upwards. Above it, a large perverse icon hangs on the wall under a green gable roof, decorated with a cross.

Small log bookstores are crowded along the bridge, wide shutters are down, allowing you to see books and onion pictures for sale. At the nearest counter, one of the books attracted the attention of a noble townspeople, and a little boy stretches to the other with curiosity. A young guy in a white embroidered shirt bought several doves.

Next to them, revealing a large volume, they argue about something about a fight, dressed in rich steam caftans, shod in patterned boots. Listening to their conversation, bending down under the weight of the basket, a man walks past in a dark cherry zipun, gray ports and bast shoes.

Books are bought by representatives of different estates: noble nobles, poor people, warriors – everyone can find a reading to their liking. The place was chosen very well, on the way to the Kremlin, and trade is going well. And if someone is hungry, they sell feces in a wicker basket and a quas nearby.

The artist recreates a small piece from the life of old Moscow, very accurately conveying historical details: wooden sidewalks and pavement, small churches standing along the moat, styles of clothes and hats, shape and weapon of the shooter.

Clean, funny colors of clothes – juicy green, warm yellow, saturated burgundy, deep dark blue – look bright spots against the background of pastel delicate olive beige shades of buildings and pinkish-white wall paint. They create a joyful, raised mood.

You can admire this picture for a long time, looking at the details, find out familiar places, feeling a sense of pride in your homeland.