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Crucifixion, Juan Flandes - description of the painting

Crucifixion, Juan Flandes - description of the painting

Crucifixion - Juan Flandes. 123 x 169 cm

The presented work is part of an eleven-part cycle devoted to the main moments of Christ's life, or rather, his torment. The altar panels from Juan Flandes were ordered by Bishop Diego de Desa and they were intended for the main central altar of the cathedral in Palencia. In addition to plots such as “The Way to Calvary”, “Burial”, “Essay Nomo”, “Annunciation”, etc., of course, the crucifix was allotted to the central place.

Getting to work, the painter relied on the iconographic type of Reau, which implied a majestic spectacle of horizontal orientation. The central part of the composition is occupied by Christ, who is nailed to the cross with 3 nails (this is a tribute to tradition, dating back to the 13th century). Here Jesus is not suffering, not creating, and not tolerating - his body is lifeless and limp, and the blood flowing from his wounds tells the viewer that everything is already over.

A dark cloud thickened above the crucified, which actually sent the sky. This is another sign of an already committed atrocity. Christ died ... for the sins of the rest.

Around Christ there are few people - on the right we see the Virgin, Mary Magdalene, the disciples. Noteworthy are those who have just turned their faces to Christ with a mixture of devotion and surprise. This is a soldier with a spear, a centurion on a horse, another rider.

The plot of the picture is static, motionless. As if the whole action froze in an instant, the characters do not interact with each other at all. Crucifix will acquire a more lively and dramatic color in the works of future masters.


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