The Painting by Bryullov “The Last Day of Pompeii”

The Painting by Bryullov “The Last Day of Pompeii”

One of the famous paintings Bryullov, which he began to write in 1830 and graduated in 1833. This picture shows the volcano Vesuvius, or rather its eruption to the cities of Pompeii. Bryullov describes the events of 79 AD. To create his masterpiece, he had to visit the excavated ruined city. The objects that the artist depicted on his canvas, he could see by visiting the Neapolitan Museum.

The artist’s painting is painted in bright colors. A striking flash of lightning strikes the eyes, which illuminates the people. In the background you can see a volcano erupting from a lava. It is the bright red colors, which depict a volcano and blackening cloud of smoke, give the picture an awesome look.

In my opinion, the artist depicted the tragedy and the death of the people. A lot of suffering and fear can be seen in the eyes of people. The sight of some is directed to the sky, as if they are praying for mercy. The mother hugs her children, closing them from a flash of lightning, two guys carry an old man on their shoulders, a young guy persuades a woman to climb and run into the shelter. Particularly touched by the dead woman, depicted in the center of the picture, where the baby is trying to reach her lifeless body. And no one but themselves can help themselves, only they can run in an incomprehensible direction from the searing lava flows.

In my opinion, “The Last Day of Pompeii” shows us the spiritual beauty of a man who opposes nature. It shows that, no matter what, a person is still a person with a soul, understanding and compassion. When you look at the picture, it seems that now people will come to life, and we will hear their pleas for help, the cries of the wounded and groans about the dead. The picture makes an indelible impression and makes you think about serious things, about whose loved ones maybe once I could offend with a word or deed.


The Painting by Bryullov “The Last Day of Pompeii”