Before he began to paint his masterpiece

Before he began to paint his masterpiece - (Rice 54 As I...

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Before he began to paint his masterpiece, Briullov made meticulous preparations, “which included studying documents and visiting the newest excavations at Pompeii, then choosing as the setting an actual street uncovered in the excavations- Strada dei Sepderi [Sepulcher Street]” (Robey 237). After his arrival in Florence, Briullov “attended a performance of Pacini’s opera, The Last Day of Pompeii . The work enthralled him and, on reading Pliny’s account of the disaster, the young painter set to work on an immense canvas devoted to the same subject”
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Unformatted text preview: (Rice 54). As I mentioned earlier, Pompeii has also a lot in common with classical literature. All of these preparations resulted in what Gogol calls “one of the most brilliant phenomena of the nineteenth century.” The relationship of the painting with literature, history, drama, poetry, and music is what makes it an epic -- “a complete, universal creation. Everything is contained within it” (Gogol). Finally, this “extraordinary scope and combination of all that is beautiful” (Gogol) is what makes The Last Day of Pompeii a masterpiece....
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This note was uploaded on 11/05/2011 for the course ARH ARH2000 taught by Professor Karenroberts during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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