The painting “The Bay of Naples on a Moonlit Night” was created by Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky back in 1842. This work is done in oil on canvas. The masterpiece is still in the museum of Theodosius. This marine theme (marina) is often present in the paintings of the artist. She goes through all his creative legacy. The composition is based on the landscape.
In the foreground on both sides of the painting you can see the darkening of colors. On the left grow 2 pines, on the right is visible a huge tower. These items on the sides look like 2 scenes.
In the background you can see the city, which descends to the sea. There is also a third plan in the picture. It depicts the volcano Vizaviy, which is shrouded in a light haze.
In the center of the masterpiece is the beauty of the moon and the moonlight that comes from it. The composition is thought out to the smallest detail. Everything in it is depicted in strict proportion. Each plan is separated from the other by color effects. Aivazovsky portrayed the moon to the nearest millimeter.
The whole picture is permeated with a romantic line. Romantics have always admired nature, especially at night. The light of the moon becomes alive and playful. There are notes of sadness and joy at the same time. The game of colors is unsurpassed, it is able to work wonders and revive what was simply drawn by the master of painting.
Together with the romantic line in this pictorial work can be traced and realistic moments. The famous English artist Joseph Turner, admiring the painting of this master, created a poem in which he admired the work of Ivan Konstantinovich.
The image of the night nature of Ivan Konstantinovich is one of the most poetic images of nature in painting. His paintings often cause the audience not only positive emotions, but also musical and poetic associations.