“The Descent of the Genserich to Rome,” Karl Pavlovich Brullov – overview of the painting

“The Descent of the Genserich to Rome,” Karl Pavlovich Brullov – overview of the painting
“The Descent of the Genserich to Rome,” Karl Pavlovich Brullov - overview of the painting - 1

  • Posted by Karl Pavlovich Brullov
  • Museum: Tretyakov Gallery
  • Year: 1830s

Overview of the painting :

The invasion of Genzerich in Rome is Karl Pavlovich Brullov. Oil on canvas. 88 x 117.9 cm

   455 year of our era. The leader of the German Vandal tribes, King Hanzerich, pirates in the Mediterranean Sea and invades Rome, plundering it almost “to the skin”.

   Of course, this is not just an invasion, but the result of secret games of high-ranking Romans and Empress Eudoxia. With the help of political intrigues, an attempt was made to use Hanzerih for his own purposes to seize power.

   But, barbarians do not need power, they need jewelry, gold, slaves. Although there was an agreement to surrender the city without destruction, Hanzerich did not fulfill his promise and robbed Rome for two weeks.

   It is this plot with such great skill that was performed by Karl Brullov in 1836. The idea appeared in the artist back in 1833, when he traveled to Italy, but the sketch itself was painted in Moscow. Moreover, Brullov temporarily lost interest in this work, although the well-known fact is that A. WITH. Pushkin, seeing the sketch, was completely delighted with the idea and with the execution of the drafts, believing that it would be no less interesting than Pompeii.

   A panorama of the street opens before the viewer, on which the warriors of Genzerich ruthlessly, rudely and violently host. The king himself in the center of the composition is depicted as a wild medieval knight, ordering his black Moors to seize the kneeclined empress Eudoxy and her daughters.

   In the left side of the canvas, barbarians knock down statues, in the right side they endure rich booty – a golden menorah, church supplies, jewelry. On the steps of the temple is a motionless figure of a clergyman, he froze from the seen blasphemy and from helplessness.

   And the barbarians in their cruel excitement kill, drag, grab not only precious things, but also no less expensive goods in the market – people, especially young women. Fear, horror and grief on women’s faces. Insensibility, rage and enthusiasm for the pursuit of prey – on the faces of vandals.

   The once beautiful city of Rome remained devastated and destroyed.