Description of the painting by Peter Rubens "Descent from the Cross"

Description of the painting by Peter Rubens

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Peter Rubens painted his famous canvas in the period from 1610 to 1613. At that time there was a fashion for painting religious paintings, and Rubens was no exception. Experts have noticed that the style and some elements of the canvas testify to the influence of his teachers - Tintoretto and Caravaggio.

In the center of the picture is the helpless body of Jesus, which is about to fall into the hands of the Apostle John. The artist deliberately painted the skin of the Son of God in lead color to compare the body that sagged for several weeks on the cross with a marble statue. The image of Jesus is surrounded by the life-affirming clothes of his disciples and all compassionate.

Around his spiritual mentor gathered a few old men who, with all their strength, are trying to help remove the body from the cross. Rubens managed to emphasize the weakness of the old man, desperately trying to hold on to the heavy body of Jesus.

The Mother of God stands out against the background of turmoil - she stands motionless, like a statue, her face is marble in color. The artist skillfully portrayed all of Maria’s inner experiences. If you look closely at her face, you can read the thoughts: "I recently washed the feet of my beloved son, and now I have to watch how he is removed from the cross from the dead."

Despite the “severity” of the event, the film lacks explicit “drama” and an attempt to play on feelings. There are no feigned cries, tears and theatrical gestures, people simply remove the body of the Son of God from the cross. Despite the strong influence of his teachers, Rubens abandoned the generally accepted grayish colors and painted his picture in light gray and amber colors. As a result, the picture turned out to be very realistic and lively.

Thus, this picture can be safely considered the best work of Rubens on a religious theme, it brought him the glory of "protector of Christian values."

Arkady Plastov

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