The painting is one of the most famous squares of Novgorod. In the foreground you can observe the shops and rows that are permanent, in contrast to the carts of goods that come here from all sides of the great city. The artist surprisingly conveys the whole atmosphere of that time, and if you look at the picture for a long time, you can even feel the buzz that stands in the square from the traders.
It is amazing how accurately not only the atmosphere is conveyed, but also the nuances of the clothes of that time and some general details. Among the whole composition, the surroundings and all the people, there are several people who are in the middle of the picture, apparently, these are foreign guests who arrived from Germany. Here you can see noble merchants and boyars. You can see both the river and the bridge going across the river directly to the city gates.
The whole picture is spelled out with perfect accuracy. It is amazing how Vasnetsov picked up the colors that described the clothes of people in the square and the buildings surrounding them. No wonder they say that Novgorod was the richest trading city, where, if desired, you could find everything.
The life of these people is also fully drawn, for example, in the lower right corner, a man with a bag over his shoulder seems to be exchanging money, for this he has special scales on which he weighs rubles. Yes, yes, that’s right, at that time the ruble was considered not a monetary unit, but a weight measure.
Based on all these finely and accurately prescribed nuances, one might think that the artist spent a lot of time studying these historical subtleties. Each costume corresponds to the costume of that time, for this the artist uses short strokes, thanks to which he is able to paint the whole picture very uniquely and emphasize the image of the square.