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Peter Powell Rubens began painting early. He studied on the creations of Raphael, Titian and Caravaggio. However, even the early paintings are innovative, combining the paintings of the Italian Renaissance with realistic national art.
Rubens chose the main content of his work to glorify life and religious themes. The latter were in demand by the state, were written to order, and today the altars of famous churches adorn.
The Exaltation of the Cross (1609-1610) is a triptych written by the artist quite quickly, given the size of the work. The total length of the canvas is 6.4 m!
The central part of the triptych is dedicated to the execution of Jesus. But we do not see the execution itself, but the process. The composition of “Exaltation of the Cross” is large-scale, it is dominated by a complex rhythm, dynamic figures, and the play of light and shadow is widely used. Rubens differs from other artists in his skillful combination of colors, which seem to breathe life into painted paintings.
The impression of watching the plot is as if you feel how every muscle of men tenses up, that they raise a tree with a body. Their postures are dynamic, their muscles play with force, their faces are spelled out clearly and vividly. The eye expressions show that they are trying and are happy with how the installation of the cross is progressing.
The figure of Jesus is painted expertly, highlighted, as if in opposition to the black and red robes of tyrants. Rubens destroyed the isolation of individual images, his composition is harmonious, there are no separate heroes. The right and left parts of the picture are interconnected.
On the left side, the grieving women, together with Mary and Joseph, pray for the salvation of Jesus. On the right is the preparation of the execution of two criminals surrounded by several soldiers.
Thus, Rubens showed us a continuous movement, an ever-changing universe, where each of us chooses either in favor of good or evil.
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