Rogier van der WeydenThis painting is believed to be Rogier van der Weyden's masterpiece.
Descent from the Cross, c1430
Is it a painting or a sculpture? You will probably need to go up quite close to be
positive that this is a painting. The gold background with shadows certainly tricks
the eye into believing it is a sculpture. There is no scene in the background, the
unadorned background suggests a wall.
The subject of the painting is the removal of a dead Christ from the cross. Christ's
mother is in the blue dress and she has fainted with grief. She is being supported
by the discipile, John, in red and another lady. Mary Magdalene is on the other
side. Weyden's skill at suggesting emotion and form are unsurpassed. Look at
how luminous Christ's body is, it is radiant and stunning. Weyden used very
expensive materials in the work, real gold and the blue lapis lazuli, a gem that
painters ground up into a fine powder.
Joseph of Arithamaea___
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