Rest on the way to Egypt, Gerard David
- Posted by Gerard David
- Museum: Prado Museum
- Year: 1512-1515
Description of the picture :
Rest on the way to Egypt is Gerard David. 1512-1515. Board, oil. 50.8×43.2
Gerard David is the last of the prominent painters of the XV century.working in Bruges. Almost all of his works, which are distinguished by a subtle analysis, are religious. Although the artist does not forget the samples of his famous predecessors, he is characterized, however, by the rejection of insignificant details and visual excesses.
The main scene of the picture, the options of which exist at least two, is entirely scented on the figure of Madonna, who feeds Jesus, who is obsessed with exceptional naturalness in the landscape. The background shows the traditional scene of the flight of the Holy Family. An artist who does not show love for details is inclined to display the essence of pure forms, devoid of any stylistic dependence, which gives the composition as a whole a spirit of calm and concentration: the work turns into an object of worship intended for religious contemplation. A similar mystical atmosphere arises thanks to the color scheme, the game of green and blue tones, telling the picture a solemn dignity. The landscape of the background, extending to the horizon, is solved in the subtle shades of blue and green and, perhaps, anticipates the landscape painting of Patinir.