View of the Neva and Petrovskaya embankment with the house of Peter I


The artist is Lagorio

Lagorio’s painting of the late 1850s-1860s is characterized by interest in the vivid effects of solar lighting, but already in individual works of this period, as in the landscape under consideration, the artist addresses transitional states of nature. Despite the change in the palette, his landscapes created "soft, velvet brush", Filled with delicate spiritual poetry, in which all the details of nature occupy a full place, creating complex harmony. These features of the artist’s creative handwriting are noticeable in the image of a wide panorama of the Neva in the area of ​​the current Petrovskaya embankment. The artist created a kind of historical-painting document of the city on the Neva of the 1860s.

To the right of the center we see the square surrounding the house of Peter I – the oldest structure of the city, built in May 1703. The dome of the first church of St. Petersburg, the Trinity-Petrovsky Cathedral (or the Petrine Church of the Holy Trinity), which was not preserved to date, is visible behind it, in the arrangement of which Peter personally took part, where all solemn public services, including services in honor of such events were held, like the Poltava victory and the Nestad world, as well as where Peter received the title of the emperor.

Almost in the center of the canvas, the spire of the cathedral rises above the Peter and Paul Fortress in the name of the pigeon apostles Peter and Paul, erected under the leadership of Domenico Trezini in 1712-1733. To the left of the fortress, the arrow of the Vasilievsky Island with Rostral Columns and the Exchange building is visible. In the distance, the Dome of the Isaac’s Cathedral, officially named after the Monk Isaac Dalmatian, revered venerated by Peter I (the emperor was born on the day of memory of this saint). Just a year before writing a landscape, according to the project of the architect Auguste Montferrand, the construction of this largest Orthodox church in St. Petersburg was completed. In the middle of the XIX century, in the area of ​​the modern Trinity bridge, the Neva was crossed by the longest plateau bridge, which had floating pontoled supports.

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