Description of the painting by Vladimir Makovsky “Kissing Rite”

Description of the painting by Vladimir Makovsky “Kissing Rite”

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In ancient times, in Russia there were a large number of rites and traditions that carried a deep meaning for the people of that time, were passed down from generation to generation and were strictly observed by all residents. The image of K. E. Makovsky “The Kissing Rite” was created based on the novel by A. K. Tolstoy “Prince of Silver”. The parameters of the painting are 300 x 500 cm, oil on canvas, 1895.

The author depicted a kissing rite - a ritual with which the owners honored their guests expressing their respect to them. The appearance of this ritual dates from about the 15th - 17th centuries. After a rich dinner, the owner’s wife went out to the guests with her daughters and servants. For the ceremony, she dressed up in the best outfits and jewelry in order to present the guests with a cup with a drink. Leaning her lips against the bowl, she gave her guest. After the guest drinks the contents, he needs to kiss the hostess and her daughters on the cheek.

The artist very accurately, clearly and vividly depicted the ritual. The picture is painted in bright and bright colors. The actions described in the picture take place in a luxurious room. In the center of the plot is a festive table, at which the owner of the house and his guests are sitting. Apparently, the feast is coming to an end and the time has come for the ceremony. The host’s wife and her daughters stand aside, trying not to look at the guest at home, they are ready for a ritual kiss, while the guest is already reaching for a bowl filled with a drink. The husband and his associates are closely watching the women.

Makovsky painted a stunning picture, a masterpiece in Russian painting, which many generations after us have admired and will admire.

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