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The famous Russian painter and mariner Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky is the author of many paintings, on which the main characters are huge and majestic sailboats, a lot of sea and endless sky. The painting "Brig" Mercury ", attacked by two Turkish ships, was painted by the artist in 1892, many years after the events depicted in the picture.
The foaming sea occupies the foreground of the canvas, the waves are not large enough to talk about the storm, but not too small for calm. In the center of the picture is a large Russian sailing ship called Mercury. In 1829, the Mercury, which had 18 guns and a small team, left the port for patrol along the Bosphorus Strait.
Since the wind was weak, the ship moved extremely slowly and was spotted by two high-speed Turkish ships, on board which had at least 200 guns and a large amount of human resources in case of boarding. The scene of the capture of a Russian ship into a trap and the exchange of the first shots was captured by the artist in his picture. Two Turkish ships prepared for an easy victory, which promises them the position of a Russian ship stuck and sandwiched between them.
The white sails of the ships, cannon shots, the agitated sea, suddenly thickened clouds through which the blue sky peeps - all this gives the picture an inexplicable color peculiar exclusively to Aivazovsky’s canvases.
On that day, May 14, 1829, a Russian ship won the battle, alternately sinking the enemy’s ships and losing only 4 crew members, but critics say that the ship’s position, invented by the artist, cannot be true, since it’s almost impossible to win the battle. However, for a beautiful picture that carries a heroic idea, much does not matter, the main thing is the crushing victory of the Russian spirit.
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