Description of the painting by Ivan Aivazovsky "Mount Ararat"

Year of creation - 1885, materials: oil, canvas; sizes: 23 by 34 cm. Belongs to the Museum of the Armenian Congregation of Mkhitarists, Venice, Italy.

The hill, after which the picture is named, is today in Turkey. However, at the time of the artist, she belonged to Armenia and still remains one of the main symbols of this country, depicted on the state emblem. Aivazovsky loved to write the nature of the eastern state, but this amazing place appears in more than ten of his works.

Ararat is a biblical rock revered by Christians, because it is believed that the Old Testament Noah's ark moored here after a global flood, in which the righteous and animals were saved. In addition to being mentioned in the Bible, many ancient Persian and Armenian myths are associated with the Ararat mountains. According to one legend, it was here that Noah once broke a vineyard, which later gave people delicious berries and wine.

The canvas, despite the horizon line being lost in a light lilac haze, is clearly divided into two parts. On the upper, the Big and Small Ararat proudly rise. They are painted with very soft strokes of translucent blue and violet and almost merge with the sky. Only the white hats at the very top present a stronger contrast. Due to this technique, the silhouettes, faintly visible at the foot, seem to acquire materiality to the peaks and soar in the air.

The second half of the landscape literally returns the viewer from heaven to earth with her worries. A caravan goes along a road wobbling on a plain, which begins to climb higher to the foreground. One can distinguish the graceful outlines of camels, their drovers in characteristic white hats on their heads made of sheepskins. Darker shades of dark green, swamp, myrtle, ocher-brown prevail here ...

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