"Pleven Epopee - 1877" Panorama
Nowadays there are 33 panoramas all over the world. One of them with the biggest dimensions is constructed in Pleven, about 170 km to the north-west of Sofia. Pleven is one of the largest Bulgarian towns with a millennium history and full of historical sights. Pleven became internationally famous with the five-months battles during the Russian-Turkish war 1877-78 as a result of which Bulgaria was liberated from the 500 years of Ottoman yoke. The Pleven Epopee 1877 Panorama depicts these events combining painting, plastics and architecture in a whole art work. It was painted by a team of 11 Russian and 2 Bulgarian artists, author N. Ovetchkin, Moscow, Russia!
The Panorama was officially unveiled on 10 December 1977.
The combination of the canvas (115/15m), the foreground (12m) and the illumination creates a feeling of authenticity and empathy to the battle fought on 11 September 1877. The spectator finds himself in the middle of the battle field – attacking Russian regiments, smoke from shells, doctors and nurses, counter-attacking Turkish cavalry, fires burning in the town, the Russian General M. D. Skobelev leading the attack against the Turkish fortifications …
The illusion effect (perspective up to 12km) manages to tear off the visitor from his/her daily cares and to transfer the spectator “back in time”, in another reality.
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