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"Position in the grave", Rogier van der Weyden - description of the painting

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Position in the coffin - Rogier van der Weyden. 100 x 96

In his painting, Rogier van der Weyden, an artist of the early Dutch Renaissance, was able to portray different human moods. In the presented altar image, created probably during a trip to Italy, the painter conveyed deep suffering and at the same time clothed it with marvelous colors and lines.

Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus, hiding their mental state with all their strength, carry the thin and emaciated body of Christ into the tomb; John bowed down to kiss His hand; in confusion, Mary Magdalene knelt down, the Mother of God with an exhausted face tenderly supported the hand of the Son. The strong religious feeling that drove with the brush of Rogier van der Weyden illuminates everything here, and that is why, in spite of everything, he gives the beauty to the dramatic scene. Graceful poses, such as John's, smooth gestures, clear colors, and breathtaking from the sunlit landscape in the distance.

The French historian and philosopher Hippolytus Ten wrote of Dutch artists of that time: “Pay attention to their unusually rich and bright colors, to clean and powerful tones ... to the magnificent fractures of purple robes, to the azure grooves of long flowing clothes, to draperies, green, like a meadow pierced by sunshine ... to the mighty light that warms and gilders the whole picture ... "

Watch the video: ARTH 4007 Rogier van der Weyden Part 2 (July 2022).


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