Osada Pskova Polish King Stefan Bathory, Brullov

Osada Pskova Polish King Stefan Bathory, Brullov
Osada Pskova Polish King Stefan Bathory, Brullov - 1

  • Posted by Karl Pavlovich Brullov
  • Museum: Tretyakov Gallery
  • Year: 1839 – 1843

Overview of the painting :

Osada Pskova by Polish king Stefan Batoria in 1581 – Karl Pavlovich Brullov. 1839 – 1843

   Work on the painting “Osada Pskov” according to the memories of contemporaries was very difficult for Brullov. Recognized by all of Europe thanks to its famous “Pompeii”, the painter fruitfully worked in the genre of portrait and genre scenes, but the public longed to see the monumental multi-figure canvas again. And Brullov himself wanted to gain a second fame, and as a plot for a new picture, he chose the battle when the troops of the Polish king Stefan and the fiercely defended inhabitants of Pskov and his suburbs came together.

   The canvas, indeed, is distinguished by its most complex compositional structure. It is known that Brullov did a great job at the preparation stage – he created a number of natural sketches near Pskov, studied all the preserved artifacts of antiquity in the city itself, re-read historical studies and evidence.

   They say that the emperor himself proposed the idea of canvas to the artist, who also compiled an approximate composition for the future picture, however, Brullov immediately politely criticized it. The king understood criticism, but he harbored resentment.

   The canvas was not destined to repeat the glory of “Pompeii’s Last Day”, the picture was not finished – the large-scale plan was difficult to implement under the close attention of the public, waiting for another triumph, and “Osadu Pskov” Bruhllov himself sadly called “Pskov’s annoyance”.