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The Russian state of the late 16th - early 17th century is marked by events that went down in the history of the country as the Time of Troubles. The political and economic crisis of the country gave rise to a lot of clashes, both internal and external in nature - a series of riots, invasions with aggressive goals, natural disasters, all this brought the state to moral and physical exhaustion. Yes, there were also tragic moments, but they, as a rule, give rise to heroic deeds.
One of these heroes is rightfully the Novgorod Zemstvo elder Kozma Minin and the famous military leader Prince Dmitry Pozharsky, who liberated Moscow from Polish invaders. These two significant figures in history were immortalized in his painting by Michael Scotty. The canvas Minin and Pozharsky enter the triptych, the other 2 paintings of which also tell us about the events of that dark time.
This work of art is well known, since almost everyone saw it in school history books, in the culture section. It was painted in 1850, on an impressive canvas. Heroes are depicted standing side by side to each other, in poses as if frozen in a theatrical production, Pozharsky holds a banner, faces are made like the images of ancient heroes - beautiful and with the right features.
In the background is a militia that, under the leadership of Minin and Pozharsky, is about to liberate the Moscow Kremlin. Two completely different people by origin - one descendant of Rurik himself, the second simple headman. Both believe in the success of their cause and know their goal - the liberation of the capital from foreign invaders.
Pieta Sculpture by Michelangelo