Reflection of the passions of Christ, Vittor Carpaccio

Reflection of the passions of Christ, Vittor Carpaccio
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  • Posted by Vittor Carpaccio
  • Museum: Metropolitan Museum
  • Year: Until 1510

Overview of the painting :

Reflection of the passions of Christ – Vittor Carpaccio. Until 1510. Wood, oil, tempera. 70.5×86.7
   In this picture, Vittor Carpaccio (1460 / 1466-1525 / 1526) addressed the topic of mystical experience, which was especially worrying for Venetian painters of that time. The artist depicted the dead, with his palms pierced, feet and a wound in the side of Christ, the suffering of which is reflected by the saints Jerome and Job. Jerome sits, immersed in himself, holding his hand to his chest, Job reasones aloud, putting his leg on his leg and gesturing. In these characters, their living poses, the skill of Karpachcho, which created multi-figure canvases filled with the movement of a wide variety of actors, is visible.

   “Thinking of the passions of Christ” carries the influence of Andrea Manteni, which is expressed in a dry and clear letter, an abundance of stone, ascetic in appearance and powerful internal characters. But in this work, the influence of the Venetian Giovanni Bellini with his love for the contemplative state and the complex symbolism of paintings is also noticeable. And the work of Carpaccio is filled with symbols. The dilapidated throne of Christ, the rocky mountains on the left, the dry tree, skull and bones remind of the vanity of earthly life. They are opposed by a fertile valley and green trees, as well as a bird taking off above the throne – a symbol of the Resurrection. From a marble pedestal on which there are two books, one of which is opened, rosary hangs – a symbol of prayer, reminding you of how a person can be saved.