"Boating, Aivazovsky, description of the painting
Description of the picture:
Boating – Aivazovsky. 1888. Oil on paper. 70 x 50 cm
At the heart of the picture is a biblical plot that is very popular among painters of different eras. During the storm, the apostles sailed on a boat, and Christ walked towards them directly along the stormy waves. Only the apostle Peter decided to go towards Christ and stepped on the moving abyss, as on solid land. Only faith kept him in the water, because as soon as Peter looked away, he began to sink.
The picture reflects just the moment when Peter, stretching out his arms, strives with all his might for the Savior, believing in his omnipotence. Christ is depicted gaping as the brightest light. The glow emanating from it simply dazzles and leaves a path on the waves of the sea, as if from the light of the full moon. For those seated in a boat, the figure of Christ is the guiding light of faith in the darkness of unbelief.
The masterful image of the waves makes the effect of the presence of the viewer, because it very naturally conveys the movement of restless water in the sea. The center of the composition is, of course, the yawning and illuminating figure of Christ, and the boat with people and the Apostle Peter running along the waves are extras in this main scene from the Bible.
The faces of people and their clothes are not accented, they are made rather schematically, with dark colors, specially so that the attention of the beholder does not switch, but is concentrated on the central figure of Jesus walking on the waters."