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1887 Russian Museum, St. Petersburg.
The plot of the picture was a historical event: the young tsar Alexei Mikhailovich, according to custom, chooses his future wife.
According to custom, the most beautiful girls from noble estates were gathered for the bride. Several applicants were meticulously selected from them, of whom the king chose his future spouse.
Probably, when creating the historical canvas, the painter was guided by the information about the solemn event described by the historian S. Soloviev.
In 1647, several young beauties were introduced to the young tsar, of whom the young Romanov singled out Euthymius Vsevolzhskaya. However, the girl did not become a queen - she was ruined by human envy and cunning. Dressed in royal clothes, the beauty lost consciousness from too long hair. The event was immediately presented as an attempt by the family to hide the fact of the girl’s illness. Fainting was recognized as epilepsy and immediately sent Vsevolzhsky from the yard.
The viewer finds the most exciting moment of the choice - the young king is already taking a ring from a small tray to descend to the chosen one and declare her future queen. There are a lot of people in the wards, everyone wants to quickly find out the name of the lucky one. On the right side of the picture, on the bright half, pretenders are collected. Standing closest to the king, the girl shyly froze in a bow. From the figure comes quite tangible excitement, fear, awe.
The girl’s figure in an outfit richly embroidered with gold thread looks the most confident - the last of a number of applicants. Stately beauty. looking down, waiting for a decision of his fate. Restrained excitement is conveyed by hands fiddling with a lace handkerchief.
Among brides - a heavy, tall, respectable man. It is important to lean on a cane, he looks down at the people standing opposite. The boyar is clearly of a high kind and rank, close to the tsar, feeling calm and confident near the young tsar.
The work of art can be called a true masterpiece of painting, the smallest details of costumes, household items, and a rather modest entourage of the royal chambers are so masterfully written out. The author showed himself not only as an outstanding master of the brush, but also as a great connoisseur of Russian life of past centuries.
Jackson Pollock Number 5