“The situation in the coffin,” Rogir van der Weiden – a description of the picture
- Posted by Rogir van der Weiden
- Museum: Uffizi Gallery
- Year: Around 1450
Description of the picture :
The position in the coffin is Rogir van der Weiden. Wood, butter. 100 x 96
In his painting, Rogir van der Weiden, an artist of the early Dutch Renaissance, knew how to portray different human sentiments. In the presented altar image, probably created during a trip to Italy, the painter transferred deep suffering and at the same time clothed it in marvelous paints and lines.
Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus, with all their might, hiding their state of mind, carry the thin and exhausted body of Christ into the tomb; John bowed to kiss His hand; in dismay, Maria Magdalina knelt down, Our Lady with a tormented face gently supports the hand of the Son. The strong religious feeling that drove Rogir van der Weiden with his brush illuminates everything here, and that is why he, in spite of everything, gives beauty to the dramatic scene. Graceful poses, for example John, are smooth gestures, pure colors, and the spirit is breathtaking from the sun-drenched landscape in the distance.
French historian and philosopher Hippolytus Ten wrote about Dutch artists of that time: “Pay attention to their unusually rich and bright colors, to clean and powerful tones… on magnificent kinks of purple robes, on the azure recesses of long falling clothes, on draperies, green as a meadow permeated with sunlight… to the mighty light that warms and nourishes all the paintings…”