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The Nude Body in the Venetian Merchants-Pirates of Artist Ivan Myasoyedov

Nicolas is interested in the history of art in connection with development of phenomenology

Phenomenology of Perception.

The body’s unity (among its parts or among its regions of experience) is a lived integration in which the parts are understood in relation to the meaningful whole, and in this sense the body’s unity is comparable to the unity of a work of art. The body, then, “is a knot of living significations” and its parts are synthesized not through an intellectual act, but because together they “perform a single gesture.”

Maurice Merleau-Ponty, French philosopher.

Venetian Merchants - Pirates

Venetian Empire

Venetian Empire

In the Costume of Bacchus



Ivan Myasoyedov Derived an Artist's Inspiration from His Own Body



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Techniques of Painting

Dimensions of the picture play an important role in perception of its content. It seems the top and the bottom compress the boat. The impression is that it wants to slip out the picture, rushing to the sea.

Sails and clouds are similar. The bodies of merchants- pirates show and express interior emotions. Thirst of justice makes muscles strenuous and relief. That's why the bodies feel tightness in clothes. Some of them are nude.

Concept of Venitian Merchants is You Only Get When You Give

  • In accordance with notes (XI-XV centuries) of Russian travellers, Pymen, Moscow metropolitan, sailed for the third time to Tsargrad (ancient Constantinople). He was with his followers such as bishop Mykhail from Smolensk and archimandrite Serguiy from Moscow. It was summer of 1389 year. Venetian merchants-pirates overrаn them near the town Azak (Tana), the Northern coast of the Sea of Azov. What was the matter?
  • Pymen became the mytropolitan under enigmatic circumstances in 1380 year. It supposed to confirm the Kolomian pope Mytyai, but he joined the angels on the Venetian vessel. That happened on the road stead, near Constantinopole. The Venetian merchants lent a great sum of money to Pymen for the graft of Constantinople patriarch. After his ordination due to that money and the tag of khan Mamay, he, coming back Moscow, forgot about the debt completely.
  • That was why the fervent Venetian merchants-pirates were on watch him at the bed of the river Don. Witnesses told that they had heard the tramp on the deck and they had been afraid. The metropolitan was tied and the merchants demanded the debt. After receiving it they remained the vessel. The squad became animated.

Really, one good deserves another.

Paintings are Own Fortune.

The heritage of Ivan Myasoyedov consists of nearly 4000 pieces. There are paintings and gouache, pastel and etchings. It's necessary to add photos, postage stamps, documents. Approximately 3200 pieces are in collection of E.Zotov's - I. Myasoyedov's Fund in Vaduz. Collection of his early masterpieces belongs to Poltava Art Museum, Ukraine. Fire in 1943 did a great damage and 20 paintings remained only. The art critic Anatoliy Kovalenko attributed the picture The Venetian Merchants-Pirates in 1994. Berdiansk Art Museum may be proud of this rare masterpiece.

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