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Description of Karl Bryullov’s painting “Crucifixion”

Description of Karl Bryullov’s painting “Crucifixion”


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The artist worked on the canvas from 1836 to 1838. The painting was created for the Lutheran Cathedral named after Saints Peter and Paul, the creator of which was the brother of the famous author - A.P. Bryullov.

In religious painting, the artist sought to introduce features of real experiences. He painted narrative, rich paintings, full of images and bearing historical meaning.

The Crucifixion clearly illustrates an important episode of the gospel story - the death penalty of Jesus Christ. Bryullov depicted five figures standing next to the cross on which Jesus was crucified. The expression of their faces and hands of worshipers primarily attracts the attention of the viewer. The color scheme symbolizes the character of the tragic character of the work. The sun's rays, falling from above, is another sign speaking of the lordship and holiness of the crucified. Against a dark, dull background, the figure rises, as if freezing in the air.

Three Marys are depicted - Mary Kleopova, the Virgin, and Mary Magdalene, as well as John the Theologian and Joseph of Arimathea, suffering and mourning next to Christ crucified on the cross.

There are a huge number of works by artists of different times and backgrounds who tried to capture this particular gospel episode, but the work of Karl Bryullov is recognized as one of the most magnificent. The author has another graphic work with the same name, created a few years earlier.

The difference is that on it Jesus Christ is depicted in solitude, a larger close-up. It is executed in black and white with an Italian pencil on paper, in contrast to the later version - he painted in oil on canvas. Both paintings are stored in Russia: 1835 - in Moscow at the Tretyakov Gallery, and 1838 - in St. Petersburg at the Russian Museum.





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