Karl Pavlovich Bryullov is a famous Russian artist who, during his lifetime, enjoyed great fame. For some time he worked in Italy and experienced the profound impact of ancient and modern Italian art. The Italian paintings of KP Bryullov, among which “Bathsheba” refers, are permeated with a sensual, unhappy one. In them one can observe a romantic interpretation of mythological and historical themes. The artist takes plots from ancient mythology or from the Bible. The heroine of the picture of K. Bryullov “Bathsheba” – the wife of King David and the mother of King Solomon, the wisest of the kings. The legend says that one day King David accidentally saw the bathing beauty of Bathsheba and fell in love with her. Wanting to get rid of her husband, he sent him to the war, in the most dangerous place where he died. So Bathsheba became the wife of King David. In the picture of K. Bryullov we see a beautiful woman. She sits in a slightly careless pose, throwing her leg behind her leg, and adjusting her hair. The figures on the canvas are exposed. This is typical for paintings, which depict stories from ancient mythology and the Bible. The plot of Bathsheba is not connected with dramatic or tragic events. On the contrary, the picture breathes with calmness, contemplation. The striking contrast between the snow-white skin of Bathsavia’s naked body and the blackness of her maid-Ethiopian is striking. This contrast helps the author to reveal the beauty
Looking at the picture of KP Bryullov “Bath-Sheba”, the spectator seems to be transferred to an ideal past, covered with myths and legends.