“Removing from the Cross,” Rogir van der Weiden – a description of the picture

“Removing from the Cross,” Rogir van der Weiden – a description of the picture
“Removing from the Cross,” Rogir van der Weiden - a description of the picture - 1

  • Posted by Rogir van der Weiden
  • Museum: Prado Museum
  • Year: Around 1435

Description of the picture :

Withdrawal from the cross – Rogir van der Weiden. Wood, butter. 220 x 262

   In an effort to comprehend the possibility of artistic reflection of the inner world of personality, Weiden became a recognized master of early Dutch painting.

   One of the peaks of European fine art of the 15th century was his work “Removal from the Cross”. This altar image was ordered by the painter by the guild of the crossbowmen of Leuven. Work is the central part of the not completely preserved triptych.

   In the shallow space of the first plan, on a conditional golden background, a group of characters stands out, likened to a beautiful picturesque bas-relief. Their somewhat elongated and angular figures are connected with each other by a clear linear rhythm. The faces and gestures of the people around Christ express different shades of woeful experiences.

   The figure of the Virgin Mary is in an unusual position for Dutch painting: almost repeats the pose of his son. So van der Weiden violated the existing canons and showed unconditional devotion to his mother. The hands of Christ and the Virgin are directed towards the skull of Adam – this is a symbol of the essence of the atonement of sins. A Flemish artist makes the viewer empathize, revealing the world of feelings of his heroes.