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The work was painted by Ivan Aivazovsky, oil on canvas, measuring 136.5x249 cm, is currently stored in the building of the Central Computer Museum (Central Naval Museum), St. Petersburg.
The picture can be attributed to the genre of memoirs - Aivazovsky at that time personally had the honor to attend the raid during a review in Sevastopol of the Black Sea Fleet. The author was among those accompanying Emperor Nicholas I, who hosted the parade. All who conducted the show were on the frigate "Vladimir".
At the bottom of the picture to the right we can see a group of commanders in chief. Here they play a huge role in the review of the fleet: the emperor and his companions - Nakhimov, Istomin, Lazarev, Kornilov. The emperor stands directly next to the side, leaning with both hands on him. At a short distance, relying on etiquette, Nakhimov and Istomin, located on the left behind Admiral Lazarev (acting as commander of the Black Sea Fleet). To the right of the admiral is the commander of the Kornilov’s headquarters.
Warships are lined up in a straight line. The first frigate is “The Twelve Apostles” (120 guns), followed by “Rostislav”, “Yagudiil”, “Svyatoslav” (they all have 84 guns). The sea is calm, gray. Most of the frigates that are imprinted on the canvas, after 4 years participating in the Sinop battle, will be sunk in the bay of Sevastopol.
In 1886 (the time of painting) Ivan Aivazovsky already stopped using festive bright colors in his works. Gray, blue, white and olive colors help to achieve harmony in the artist's painting.
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