Description of the painting Paolo Veronese “Mourning of Christ”

Description of the painting Paolo Veronese “Mourning of Christ”

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Fine art of the time of the Renaissance speaks of a complete spiritual change in the popular fabric. There comes another time when some things cease to be relevant, and some gain public recognition. Thus, artists are looking for new ideas in accordance with popular sentiment.

Paolo Veronese, being one of the most prominent representatives of the Venetian school of Italian painting, had an overwhelming influence on both contemporary artists and artists of the following decades.

In an earlier period of the author’s work, life-affirming motifs and colorful elegant compositions attracted him. Being older, Veronese began to reach for tragic plots, having created several works devoted to religious subjects. Existing canvases demonstrating the mourning of Jesus Christ are recognized as the most significant and magnificent works of Veronese.

Compositional construction seems elementary, however, this only enhances the picturesqueness of the figures located on the canvas. Our Lady bows over the dead Jesus, and his wounded hand is carefully supported by an angel. The expression on the face of the Virgin is mournful, a white apostle covers his forehead. The pink appearance of the angel, its golden curls create a contrast with the dead cooled body. The color scheme draws the viewer's attention to the atmosphere of mourning and grief. Dull, fading colors shimmer, as if fading in the shade.

The work was written around 1576-1582 for the Church of Saints John and Paul in Venice. Further it was in the hands of the English king. After the collection of Charles I was sold out, "Mourning of Christ" of Christ "was in the hands of the Duke of Longevil, the representative of the government of Lenin, Count d’ Armagnac, Croz. Having come a long way, the canvas turned out to be in the Hermitage in 1772.

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