With the New Year over we’re now in the deep winter, and today where I live it snowed for the first time in two years (climate change notwithstanding). Thus I went looking for a suitably “wintry” painting and found this beautiful scene by Russian painted Ivan Aivazovsky, one of my favorite painters, this being the third work of his I’ve featured in this series. (The others are here, here). Moscow in Winter from the Sparrow Hills was painted in 1872 and the title pretty much sums it up. Here we have some log huts, cargo moving by sled in the snow, and distantly the eerie panorama of Moscow in the background with its spires and onion-top churches. This is definitely an exemplar of the late romanticist tradition in European painting.
The Sparrow Hills are quite famous as a landmark from which to view Moscow. The chief observation…
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