The painting “The Appeal of Minin” by the famous painter Konstantin Makovsky is considered to be the largest canvas on the historical and patriotic theme. The area of ​​the painting exceeds 40 square meters. What other famous paintings are striking in their scale and where are they stored?

The biggest picture in the Tretyakov Gallery

The Tretyakov Gallery is the largest collection of works of Russian and Soviet art. It got its name by the name of the founder of the merchant Pavel Tretyakov. The Tretyakov Gallery contains the most famous painting of Alexander Andreyevich Ivanov (1806-1858) “The Appearance of Christ to the People”. This is the biggest picture in the Tretyakov Gallery. For her, even the hall was specially attached to the main building of the gallery in Lavrushinsky Lane. In 1932 the picture took its place and to this day is in the Tretyakov Gallery. Although initially Pavel Tretyakov could not even dream about it. The painting was commissioned by the Academy of Arts, and it was impossible to buy.Therefore, Tretyakov acquired sketches.
In the Tretyakov Gallery a lot of huge paintingsIn the Tretyakov Gallery a lot of huge paintings
The picture was a difficult fate. Ivanov wrote it for 20 years. Everyone who was at least somehow interested in painting knew about the painting. But until the end of work on it, no one saw her. The artist lived reclusive in his workshop in Rome. He was looking for models in all of Italy, similar to the inhabitants of Judea, visited synagogues and churches, sat for a long time in secluded places, studying landscapes, everything, even pebbles. Ivanov wrote about 600 etudes for the “Appearance of the Mission” (this is the historical name of the painting). The artist finished his work in 1857, and in 1858. brought a picture to St. Petersburg. The size of the canvas is 750x540 cm, so its transportation was a troublesome business.
In May 1858 the painting “Appearance of Christ to the people” was displayed in the White Hall of the Winter Palace and shown to members of the imperial family. The picture did not make a strong impression on the emperor and his entourage. In early June, the picture was transferred to the Academy of Arts and presented to the public. On July 3 of the same year, the artist died, and a few hours after his death, a messenger came with the news that Emperor Alexander II was buying a painting. It was presented to the Rumyantsev Museum.After its dissolution in 1925, the greatest work was handed over to the Tretyakov Gallery, where it remains to this day.
"The Appearance of Christ to the People" is the largest painting of the Tretyakov Gallery"The Appearance of Christ to the People" is the largest painting of the Tretyakov Gallery
The Russian museum holds the largest work of the Russian artist, and what is the largest painting in one of the most popular museums in the world, the Louvre and who is its author?

The biggest painting in the Louvre

Since July 31, 1798, the largest painting in the history of art is kept in the Louvre. On the second floor of the museum there is a square living room. This is the only room where there is a wall of the right size. The painting was commissioned by the Italian artist Paolo Veronese in 1562. Customers - monks - Benedictines of the monastery of San Giorgio Maggiore. The artist had to depict as many figures as would fit on the canvas. The result was the painting "Marriage in Cana of Galilee." The basis was taken from the biblical story, when Christ at a wedding feast turns water into wine at the request of his mother. The picture contains 130 figures, among which contemporaries singled out prominent figures of that time: Karl V, Francis I, Suleiman the Magnificent.
The biggest painting in the Louvre "The Marriage in Cana of Galilee"The biggest painting in the Louvre "The Marriage in Cana of Galilee"
The artist worked on the painting for more than a year, she hung in the refectory monastery until 1798, until the moment Napoleon conquered Italy. The size of the canvas is 680x990 cm, in order to make it easier to transport it to France, the canvas was cut in half and sewn in France.
Now the picture is in the Louvre, but in 2010 the Venetian organization that protects the cultural heritage, appealed to the first lady of France with a request to return them to the picture, taken out by Bonaparte.
The largest painting in the Louvre depicts 130 peopleThe largest painting in the Louvre depicts 130 people
The paintings, which were discussed above, are written in biblical scenes. What other events or phenomena inspired artists to create large-scale paintings.

The biggest picture of Aivazovsky

In the city of Feodosia in the Crimea there is a museum of marine painting - the National Art Gallery named after IK. Aivazovsky. The museum was founded by the artist himself. It contains about 12,000 works on the marine theme. It also presents the largest exhibition of works by the artist. Including the painting “Among the Waves”, its dimensions are 282x425 cm, this is the largest canvas of the master.
"Among the waves" is the largest picture of Aivazovsky"Among the waves" is the largest picture of Aivazovsky
The picture was painted on the 81st year of life of Aivazovsky in 1898. It took the artist only 10 days to create it. But the artist himself said that his whole life was a preparation for the creation of this masterpiece. Many critics consider this work the pinnacle of creativity of the master. Here the author abandoned the details customary for his paintings: fragments of masts, dying ships, figures of people. The picture only raging elements - a stormy sea and a stormy sky.
Aivazovsky bequeathed "Among the Waves" to his native city, along with other works from his gallery. Despite the fact that two years after the creation of the masterpiece, the artist worked, created, arranged exhibitions in Moscow and St. Petersburg, the painting “Among the Waves” did not leave Feodosia.
Aivazovsky painted his biggest picture in just 10 daysAivazovsky painted his biggest picture in just 10 days
“The Appeal of Minin,” “The Appearance of Christ to the People,” “The Marriage at Cana of Galilee,” “Among the Waves,” are all a legacy of the past days. Is there something so majestic in modern painting?

The largest drawing in the world (portrait of 48 women)

In May 2013, the exhibition “Face and Soul” was opened in Moscow in the Historical Museum. It presented the world's largest drawing, which consists of portraits of 48 women in Russia. The author of this unusual project is the Italian artist Omar Galiani.Portraits are written in pencil on wood. The author met with 36 women in person; another 12 were selected from photographs on the site, where any Russian woman could upload her photos. When choosing images, the author relied on his aesthetic preferences, so he wrote portraits of women of different professions: engineers, business women, ladies of creative professions.
Omar Galliani created the largest drawing in the world.Omar Galliani created the largest drawing in the world.
He worked on the Galliani project for two years, resulting in a drawing of 3 by 16 meters. The idea of ​​creating a picture is simple - to show the true face of a Russian woman, open, not hidden behind stereotypes.
The size of the largest figure in the world is 3 by 16 meters.The size of the largest figure in the world is 3 by 16 meters.
The author stressed that the project is “exclusive” for Russia and will not be repeated in other countries. By the way, this picture has broken all records. Its cost did not become huge. According to uznayvse.ru, they do not always differ in gigantic sizes.

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