“Blessed Christ and the Praying Mother of God,” Robert Kampen – a description of the picture

“Blessed Christ and the Praying Mother of God,” Robert Kampen – a description of the picture
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  • Posted by Robert Campen
  • Museum: Art Museum, Philadelphia
  • Year: 1425-1430

Description of the picture :

The blessed Christ and the praying Mother of God is Robert Kampen.

   The most unusual church picture of Robert Kampen is a pair image of Our Lady and Christ. This composition is more suitable for the portrait genre than for the altar, but most likely the artist wanted to make their images more real and lively.

   The golden background, characteristic of the early work of the master, is decorated with precious stones and pearls. Nombs form patterns: round in Mary and in the form of a cross – in Jesus, emphasizing their holiness.

   The Lord stands facing the audience. Dark brown hair opens a high clean forehead. The face seems calm and slightly detached, but unlimited knowledge and wisdom is read in the eyes. Light little sparks shine in all understanding eyes, giving the liveliness a gaze, questioningly directed at every believer.

   Turning to him, there stands next to a fragile young woman with light, almost glowing porcelain skin, a light pink blush on her cheeks, bright coral lips. Golden-red curls decorated with a black narrow rim pee out from under a bright blue head blanket. Beautiful gray eyes are full of love and tenderness, a sad look is fraught with hope. Hands are folded in a prayer gesture – the Virgin calls for mercy.

   The purple color of the robes, the barely noticeable inclination of the head of Christ, the merging halo unite Mary and Jesus into a single whole.

   Bright juicy shades of blue, red and golden colors harmoniously combine with each other, creating a joyful, sublime mood.

   And, of course, jewelry-written details, so inherent in the skill of Robert Campen. This is a reflection of the window in a gem on the robe of Christ, and an elegant golden ring with a scarlet stone on the hand of the Mother of God (this ring is also on other portraits of the artist). Very accurately conveyes the painter’s uneven rim of gemstones on halo and white holes on his nails.

   Another interesting detail is the fingers of Jesus’ left hand lie on the edge of the picture, connecting our worlds.

   Warm, bright feelings give rise to this picture, giving us confidence in a beautiful future.