Ivan Aivazovsky was born into an Armenian family in Feodosia. Therefore, the destiny of the Armenian people and its history have always interested the artist. In his work there are works related to Armenia, one of which is the picture “Oath before the battle of Avaraira.” One of the greatest battles in the history of Armenia is the Avaraira battle. Vartan Mamikonyan was the leader of the Armenian army, who met at the Avarayr field with the Sassanid Persian army, three times the number of Armenians in number.
The result of the battle was the defeat of the Armenian army, and Vardan Mamikonyan died
In the background, you can see a bright blue sky, which adds holiness in the picture, prodigal misty mountains and dark wood. It is this tree, like a dark shadow, that reminds us of the tragic end of the battle. The artist specifically chooses the rectangular format of the picture with a semicircular completion at the top – this makes the picture look like an icon. But after all, Vartan Mamikonian is still revered as a church by the church, as a great military leader, who gave his life in the struggle for the Christian faith. In this work, romantic motifs are clearly visible, therefore this picture can be called a majestic and emotional masterpiece.