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Painted in oil on canvas in 1848, dimensions: 123.5 by 190 cm. Exhibited in the Mikhailovsky Palace (Russian Museum), St. Petersburg, Russia.
The famous artist’s canvas depicts the return of Mercury under the command of A. I. Kazarsky after a heroically defeated victory over two Turkish ships.
The clash occurred during the Russo-Turkish War (1828-1829) in the Bosphorus Strait (Black Sea) in May 1829. Because of the calm, the Russian military vessel was unable to escape the pursuit in time and was attacked by Real Bay and Selimiye. ” At a general council, the crew decided to accept the battle with honor, having only 18 artillery units against 200 from the Turks. The battle lasted two hours, at first they managed to break the mast at the first enemy ship with fire, then at the second. Under crossfire, the brig suffered serious damage, but lost only four sailors and managed to return to the location of the fleet in Sevastopol. All sailors were generously rewarded, and the story received great publicity.
It was at the moment of returning to the port that the tormented, but not surrendered, ship with shabby, gaping holes in sails was depicted on the canvas of Ivan Konstantinovich. Despite the great distance, which makes it possible to admire the nightly expanses of the sea, but hides the details, the viewer realizes that the ship has withstood a serious battle. It is like a ghost in the silver light of the moon, but still keeps afloat.
The whole picture is permeated with shades of close colors and is in motion. Cumulus clouds run across the sky, contrasting brilliantly with the dark, southern, deep blue sky. The wind is blowing the sails, the waves are splashing, drawn with striking care. They even slightly shine through the moonlight and look quite harmless, but at the same time they pose a threat. Only not this night, today the hero must calmly return to his native shores, therefore nature is a little restless, but restrained.
Pictures of Salvador Dalі