Philip Malyavin is one of the brightest nuggets of distinctive Russian culture. He was born and raised in the village of Kazanka in the Samara province and since childhood was immersed in the specific atmosphere of peasant life, surrounded by all the warmth and originality of the Russian national structure and Orthodox traditions.
In the picture we see a traditional religious plot - the crucified Jesus and the close ones gathered around him. If we try to characterize the impression that this creation leaves, in a word, it will be despair. We observe a mutilated, painfully thin male figure with a truly martyr expression on a black background.
This is a colossal canvas 5.5 × 12.8 meters. Which bears in itself another name - “Feast in the house of Levi”. The artist gave the second name to his painting in connection with the request of the inquiry officer. The painting by Paolo Veronese has survived to this day in its original appearance. On it we can observe the figure of the artist himself.
The painting of the Russian artist is distinguished by its interesting combination of objects in which a truly complex meaning is hidden. Explaining the combination of objects and their symbolization is the main task of not only a person who is trying to grasp this meaning, but also the artist. The still life depicts household items used by a simple person - a samovar and an oiler, giving the picture a special flavor and warmth, and a bright plate of porcelain and fruits symbolize joy and festivity, the ability to enjoy minor things.
Jacopo Tintoretto's painting “The Abduction of Helen” illustrates the ancient Greek myth of the abduction of beautiful Helen. Tintoretto worked in the late Renaissance, so the myths of ancient times were incredibly popular and were very popular. However, the master decided to transfer those momentous events that took place many centuries ago into his real world.
The painting "Preparing for the exam" is one of the early works of the artist. It was written in 1864, when Repin was only 20 years old. Probably, in the work we see a reflection of the reality that just surrounded the artist at such a young age. Before us is a household plot. Two boys are preparing for the exam, but preparation is progressing extremely poorly.