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Nicolas Poussin - a representative of French classicism of the 17th century. From early childhood he loved to draw. His love for biblical subjects came from the local painter Varen, who painted several paintings at the altar of the local temple. This for the young artist played an important role in choosing the direction.
In his works, one sees the mind put at the forefront, he thinks over every detail, works hard on every line. It seems that the artist was saturated with the plot, that he studied it completely, from beginning to end. He puts all his feelings, emotions on the canvas, forcing people to empathize with the event.
Poussin, in his Hermitage painting “Descent from the Cross,” conveys a sense of grief, the great sorrow that permeates Mary's face. It is as if women themselves experience the torment that fell to the lot of the only sinless one who suffered for each of us. The artist emphasized the old age of the face, exhaustion of suffering, feelings, her heart is ready to split into pieces. She folded her hands in supplication.
Women's clothes merge with the general background of the picture, the artist chose a dark red color, which is used in the general background of the canvas. The landscape reveals the drama of the situation. The sky is striking in its ominousness, as if to say that the hour of reckoning for the deed is not far off. The sky casts an unprecedented red dawn, merges into a whole with the whole composition, it enhances the feeling that gripped all the faces in this episode. A strong contrast for the crimson and dark blue color is the light, almost white robes of Jesus Christ, the white cloth on the cross.
The body of our Lord merges with the tinge of two innocent babies - angels, mourning with women, and clasped the feet of Jesus in deep sorrow. This picture shows the contrast of good and evil, the dramatic nature of the episode and the reckoning following the events.