View of St. Petersburg
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On the canvas, the image of the Neva River takes up a significant part of the space, while buildings can be seen only on the sides of the work. The river is filled with boats and a fence. In the background, there is Vasilievsky Island and the first river bridge. On both banks of the river, one can see a spire of the Admiralty Building, the symbol of St. Petersburg, the Kunstkamera, a wooden palace, on the site of which Bartolomeo Rastrelli later built the Hermitage, and a number of other buildings. The picture shows the realistic landscape of St. Petersburg of the 18th century The work is painted in silvery gray colors, which enhance the lyrical atmosphere of the work. An unknown artist painted a landscape from an engraving by the Russian painter Mikhail Makhaiev (1716–1770). In 1745, the Russian Academy of Sciences decided to publish an album of engravings with views of St. Petersburg, one of which served as a model for the painting "View of St. Petersburg", which is now on display at the Olesko Castle.