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The painting, painted by the master Michelangelo Caravaggio, is located in Dublin, Ireland, and its exact copy - until the sensational theft was in Odessa, Ukraine. The Bilean plot at the heart of the picture tells of the last day of the life of Jesus Christ on earth. It is known that Judas, a faithful disciple of Christ, who showed the guards to the place where the Savior lived, betrayed Christ. It is known that the painting was painted by Caravaggio - an adherent of late Mannerism - commissioned by Matthew Chiriaco. For many years, the picture was considered unsuccessfully lost, but at the end of the twentieth century it was nevertheless recognized in one of the Society of Jesus, in Ireland.
The history of the movement of the painting is still very confused; there is a known case of showing a copy of the painting from the Western European and Eastern Museum of Art in Ukraine. For a long time, it was the “Odessa copy” that was considered the original or the original sketch. There are still serious disputes over the origin of these two canvases; art critics cannot come to a unanimous opinion on this issue.
The paintings of Caravaggio for the most part belong to the areas of realism and mannerism, and the “Kiss of Judah” is a canonical example for caravaggists, since this canvas incorporates all the artist’s skill and mannerism. First of all, the denial of the canonical Renaissance art is very noticeable - there are no static poses, facial expressions do not speak about internal experiences, classical local colors are not used, significant accents on chiaroscuro are used.
Mannerism, in turn, is characterized by a harmonious, consistent mental state of the portrayed and their external emotions, Caravaggio exposes perception, makes paintings sensual and full of emotions. “The Kiss of Judah” is primarily an emotional canvas that reveals the experience of the heroes. On Iskariot’s face we see mad fanaticism, a grimace of suffering and obsequiousness, his hands clutched tightly on Jesus, he expresses his devotion through the betrayal that Jesus is experiencing, his eyes lowered, he knew that betrayal will happen and only humility is visible on his face. Caravaggio places a distinctive emphasis on the illumination inside the picture, as if light were falling from above.
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