“Under the crown”, Konstantin Egorovich Makovsky – overview of the painting

“Under the crown”, Konstantin Egorovich Makovsky – overview of the painting
“Under the crown”, Konstantin Egorovich Makovsky - overview of the painting - 1

    • Posted by Konstantin Egorovich Makovsky
    • Museum: Serpukhov Art and History Museum
    • Year: 1890

Overview of the painting :

Under the crown – Konstantin Egorovich Makovsky. Oil on canvas. 145 x 92 cm.

In Dopetrovsk Russia, the boyar girl was “gave” with the greatest possible splendor. It was this moment without reference to a specific historical period that the artist depicted on his canvas.

A richly decorated board of wooden theorem appears in front of the viewer, full of lush and dressed and decorated women. The Russian Barsky costume of that time was distinguished by a large number of decor in the form of embroidery with beads, small pearls, gold and silver threads. He trimmed with a fur ham and sewn from very expensive velvet and silk fabrics. All this splendor is fully demonstrated on the canvas.

The main character of the picture is the bride. She was supposed to cry, since she would never return to her family. She most often did not even know her groom, because her parents arranged the marriage. The picture captures the rite when an adult, married woman is given a hairstyle to a girl. Her one braid bloomed, combed and braided in a new way. The wife wore two braids wrapped around her head and necessarily covered with a scarf or a headgear. It is this key scene that is depicted on the canvas.

The picture pleases the eye with an abundance of colors and very spectacular outfits. She fully conveys both tragedy and the solemnity of a key moment in the life of every Russian girl. With an abundance of paints and many small details, the canvas does not look overly motley. It has depth, volume, competent construction of the composition and amazing spirituality. This is especially pronounced in the figure of a friend who clinged to the knees of a saddened bride.

The bride’s chair is located opposite the window. It is partially covered by a curtain, but the sun’s rays pouring from it brightly highlight the figure of the girl, forcing her white satin dress to sparkle and making it centrally against the background of other motley characters.