P.N.Orlov has established himself as a portraitist, but in his works you can find several dedicated to everyday scenes from life. One of these works is the “Architectural landscape”.
The artist was an impressionable nature, everything was interesting to him. Born in the family of a poor miller and saving for a long time to pay for his education, Orlov appreciated ordinary household items and saw beauty in everything.
The work was written in 1850 during his stay in Rome. In Italy, the painter gained popularity and was in demand as a portrait painter. The picture reflects an everyday everyday scene, painted in dark, dim colors.
The master displayed very accurately the architectural style of the country, in a completely inappropriate manner of building Russian buildings. Majestic houses form narrow streets, the windows are small, typical of the classic Italian style. In the background you can see the cathedral, reminiscent of an old castle.
The main characters of the picture are still magnificent buildings, the figures of people in comparison with them seem simply tiny. It is impossible to consider the character of the heroes, it is hardly possible to distinguish between female and male.
People are unloading firewood, the man has already thrown an impressive bunch on his shoulders, and the woman sat down to rest. Perhaps this is precisely the picture that the artist often observed from the window of his house. Winter cold makes people work in search of a source of heat.
The picture shows the small importance of a person in a big city. All life is subordinated to large structures, and people seem only pawns in the clutches of a large metropolis. This philosophical content is very relevant for modern society.
Houses are becoming higher, and people are increasingly losing their weight in the life of the city as a whole. Sometimes no one will notice the loss of a little man, at the same time, the destruction of a huge building will be a significant event in urban life.
Among the waves