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“Descent from the Cross”, Jan Gossaert (Mabuse) - description of the painting

“Descent from the Cross”, Jan Gossaert (Mabuse) - description of the painting


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Descent from the Cross - Jan Gossaert (Mabuse). Triptych, the central part.

The Descent of Jesus from the Cross, the main plot of the gospel, a description of which all four evangelists have. And the painter Jan Gossart did not pass this topic.

The artist wrote a triptych. The central part - the actual removal of the body from the cross, is currently in the Hermitage in St. Petersburg. Two side parts are stored in the Toledo, Ohio Museum of Art in the United States.

Of course, the multi-figured central honor attracts the attention of the viewer, because this embodiment of the very essence of Christianity is the atonement of the original sin of mankind by the painful death of Jesus Christ.

The entire composition, built by the author, is not entirely uniform and monolithic; it seems to “break up” into several separate fragments of plots.

In the center of the stairs, a man carefully lowers the body, on the right half of the cross, the disciple of Jesus Nicodemus supports the hand of his teacher. Standing below, at the foot of the cross, three men, including John the Evangelist, are ready to accept a lifeless corpse. The faithful follower of Christ, Mary Magdalene, is depicted with her back, only the profile of her face is visible to the viewer.

In the foreground on the right is Joseph of Arimathea; it was he who was given permission to remove the body from the cross. Joseph is a noble member of the Sanhedrin, a secret follower of Christ. In the picture he is depicted raising a crown of thorns, which was laid on Jesus during the trial.

In the foreground on the left is the unconscious, pale Mother of God surrounded by holy women crying and wringing hands.

The mabuze built quite complex angles. But thanks to them, the painter was able to show his amazing skill, which he learned in Italy - plastic and sculptural figures, technically painted details. He likes to transfer Italian spirituality and Italian principles of painting to Dutch soil.

Some art historians believe that in this work Mabuse was carried away by Italian, and paid little attention to the fact that his characters looked more lively and real. They find that the production of the plot is somewhat arbitrary and theatrical.

But the audience always stops with interest near this spectacular canvas. Indeed, in the painting by the Mabuse, the landscape, the naturalism of clothing, and household items are perfectly conveyed. All this speaks of the Dutch roots of the great master, of his maintenance of the traditions of the Dutch school of painting.


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