Meditation on the Passion of Christ - Vittore Carpaccio. 70.5x86.7
In this picture, Vittore Carpaccio (1460 / 1466-1525 / 1526) turned to the theme of mystical experience, which was especially exciting for the Venetian painters of that time. The artist depicted a dead man with broken palms, feet and a wound in Christ's side, whose saints Jerome and Job reflect on their sufferings. Jerome sits, absorbed in himself, clutching his hand to his chest, Job reasoning aloud, putting his foot on his foot and gesturing. In these characters, their living poses, you can see the skills of Carpaccio, who created multi-figured canvases filled with the movement of a variety of actors.
“Meditation on the Passion of Christ” carries the influence of Andrea Mantegna, which is expressed in a dry and clear writing, an abundance of stone, outwardly ascetic and powerful characters internally. But in this work, the influence of the Venetian Giovanni Bellini with his love for the contemplative state and complex symbolism of the paintings is also noticeable. And the work of Carpaccio is filled with symbols. The dilapidated throne of Christ, the rocky mountains on the left, a dry tree, a skull and bones remind us of the futility of earthly life. They are opposed by a fertile valley and verdant trees, like a bird soaring above the throne - a symbol of the Resurrection. From the marble pedestal, on which two books lie, one of which is open, a rosary hangs - a symbol of prayer, reminiscent of how a person can be saved.