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Mikhail Vrubel is a famous Russian artist who paid great attention not only to writing the beauties of his homeland, but also trying to convey to the Russian audience all the charm he saw abroad.
Between 1891 and 1894, the artist travels to Europe, visits Venice, Paris, Milan, Rome, Athens, and is in Spain. The main purpose of the trip is to see the world and get inspired to create new scenes, which we managed to see in large numbers, ideas were strewed, the artist could only bring them to life. So, after visiting Venice and returning to Russia, Vrubel writes a decorative panel of the same name and gives it to the house of Dunkers in the capital.
The canvas, written in the spirit of the Renaissance, depicts Venice in all its glory, in the midst of a large Venice festival - one of the oldest festivals in the world. In the center of the picture are two women dressed up for the holiday, behind them is a street full of buzzing crowds and ancient buildings, among which the edge of the Dodge Palace and the Bridge of Sighs are clearly visible. The side of the panel is occupied by a patrician, he peers at his neighbor opposite, apparently a quiet conversation is being held, secrets are born and revealed.
When writing the canvas, the artist used photographs, believing that there was nothing unnatural in this, since photographs of those places that could never be visited, or photographs of places whose memories are weak for the artist can become an indispensable assistant in his work.
The picture, in general, is gloomy and it is impossible to understand how much the events depicted on it are reliable, since the carnival, according to Italians themselves, is not subject to such a concept as time, which means it is likely that the artist can meet his characters in person at one of his trips around the city drowning in a festive carnival procession.