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In the picture we see a traditional religious plot - the crucified Jesus and the close ones gathered around him. If you try to characterize the impression that this creation leaves, in a word, it will be despair.
We observe a crippled, sickly-thin male figure with a truly martyred expression on a black background. The colors are very saturated, and the light figure stands out clearly against the dark. Facial expressions are incredibly emotional.
It should be noted that human figures are much smaller in comparison with Jesus, which emphasizes his holiness and further distinguishes him from the rest. This technique is characteristic of medieval painting: the size of the figures is determined not by the desire to reflect reality, but by the desire to show which of them is of greater importance than the others.
The picture is somewhat reminiscent of a nightmare, imprinted in the brain. Christ's hands are disproportionately long, and his fingers are twisted and twisted, as if they were being squeezed by the last death spasm, his whole body was disfigured by torture, thorns of thorns stick into him here and there. The poses of Mary Magdalene and John the Baptist reinforce the impression of a nightmare. Holding something like a rag in his right hand, John, as it were, points to the body of Jesus; his gaze is directed into the unknown. Mary Magdalene, kneeling and clasping her hands as in prayer, stretches them to Jesus.
A bloody figure looks down at the sympathizers with an open mouth with an empty aloof look. It seems that he is about to give up his spirit and depart into another world.
The artist pays great attention to his hands, they serve as a tool for conveying emotions for women: women have beautiful, white and thin fingers interwoven in prayer, Jesus' fingers are martyred, crooked, frighteningly scary, pierced with pain.
Pavel Filonov Pictures