The Mourning of Christ - Peter Paul Rubens. 180x137
Rubens (1577-1640), whose name is inextricably linked with the Baroque style, painted this picture during his first visit to Rome. Here he combined the iconography of the drink - the Mother of God weeping over the Son - and the position in the grave.
Mary supports the dead Christ, His body looks heavy, his head is leaning toward his shoulder. Around are the saints Joseph of Arimathea, John the Evangelist and Mary Magdalene. The body of the Savior is almost naturalistically depicted, the rest of the heroes are immersed in deep emotions. The intense atmosphere of the canvas is also created by tightly staged figures, as was often the case in Baroque art. The theme of the crucifixion of Christ is echoed by reliefs on the sarcophagus with scenes of sacrifice.
The color of the work with its finest painted human flesh, bright color spots, a thunderous sky and an illuminated foreground gives rise to a feeling of alarm and at the same time sublime. In combination with realism and the solemn mood of the depicted, the influence of Roman artists of that time and, first of all, Caravaggio, affected Rubens.