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Description of the painting Nicholas Roerich "Holy Island"

Description of the painting Nicholas Roerich



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1917; canvas, tempera; 49 x 77 Russian Museum.

The painting of Nikolai Konstantinovich Roerich Holy Island depicts a steep, impregnable rocky coast of a lonely island. At the top, on the side of the majestic cliff, farthest from the viewer, several individual trees rise. These tall thin-trunked pines stretch toward the sky, but even they seem modest and insignificant against the background of the severe rigor of nature.

The area depicted in the picture is real, it is one of the islands of Balaam, which is called the Holy. Surrounded by the waters of Lake Ladoga, a secluded cliff majestically looms against the sky. In the picture, his image is quite symbolic. It is worth taking a closer look to notice how cracks in the rock form an unusual pattern: the cliff of the island consists of figures of blackberries in hoods. The stone monks lined up in a row, their stylized gigantic figures stretched out between the sky and the water, looking down sadly and solemnly.

The small, fragile boat in the lower right corner seems insignificant compared to the huge rock prevailing in the figure. Like a short dash on the lake. In the boat, bowing their heads in obedient bow, two human figures overshadowed by the nimbuses of holiness. Two saints swim to the Saint to ascend to him.

The picture is executed in yellow-blue tones, and only the setting sun is indicated by a bright, alarmingly red stripe.

The center of the picture is the island. It occupies 70% of the image, as if suppresses everything that is present around, attracts attention. It is worth taking the time to make out this key figure of the canvas with all the attention that it deserves. To reflect on the symbolism laid down in the plot by the artist.





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