“Dance among the swords”, Heinrich Ippolitovich Semiradsky – overview of the painting

“Dance among the swords”, Heinrich Ippolitovich Semiradsky – overview of the painting
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  • Posted by Heinrich Semiardsky
  • Museum: Tretyakov Gallery
  • Year: 1881

Overview of the painting :

The dance among the swords is Heinrich Ippolitovich Semiradsky. 1881. Oil on canvas. 120×225

   G. AND. Semiradsky is a master of salon painting, delighting the eyes and decorating life, a bright representative of academicism. Having successfully graduated from the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts in 1870, he received the right to a trip abroad to study monuments of ancient art.

   The painting “Dance among Swords” was written in Rome in 1881. The artist chose a simple and never outdated motive, common both in the Ancient World and – no less – in the modern 19th century. An naked woman, an object of love and lust, dances against the backdrop of a beautiful landscape with antique structures surrounded by music geter. The world of Hellenism is presented as an eternal holiday, as the once lost “golden age” by people, the careless and carefree time of the sky and pleasures. This plot allowed the artist to recreate the elegant plastic of a beautiful female body, entailing sensuality without a touch of vulgarity, a magnificent Mediterranean landscape that forms a worthy framing of a beautiful heroine.