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Quentin Massys Lamentation c. 1520 oil on panel

March 13, 2016 | Author: | Posted in american literature, literature and language


Throughout centuries of Christian history , s related to the last days of Jesus life , Crucifixion and His following Resurrection were among the most popular in the West European art . Even being pushed back by Renaissance humanist interest to secular motives , they still attracted indefatigable attention of all noticeable European painters The style and filling of such paintings differ dependently on the place and time of creation . This is to examine one particular painting called Lamentation ‘ by Flemish artist Quentin [banner_entry_middle]

Massys , and study it ‘s conformity with the texts of the Bible , as well as it ‘s connection with other similar masterpieces of the time

Quentin Massys (also : Matsys , Metsys ) was the most important Antwerp artist of the first half of the XVI century . The painting , known as Lamentation , constitutes a central panel of the Altarpiece from in the Cathedral of Antwerp , painted by Massys in 1508-1511 by of the local Guild of Carpenters . He used oil and wood – traditional materials for church altarpieces . Presently the painting can be found in the Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten (Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp , Belgium

The painting depicts the most sorrowful moment of the New Testament – the scene of Descent from the Cross and grieve for Jesus . The body of the Savior is already brought down from Golgotha , which dominates in the background and is ready for burial . The s of this moment differ in all the four Gospels , however , it seems , that Massys used the most full of them – the Gospel according to Saint John

The story of preceding events is more or less similar in all the four Gospels . After Christ death there came a rich man from Arimathea named Joseph , who had himself become a disciple of Jesus . Going to Pilate , he asked for Jesus ‘ body , and Pilate ed that it be given to him (Matthew 27 :33-61 . Mark specifies , that Joseph was not only a reach man , but also a prominent member of the Council , who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God (Mark 15 :22-47 , Luke adds , that he had not consented to their decision and action (Luke 23 :27-56 , and John explains , that Joseph visited Pilate secretly , because he was afraid of Jews (John 19 :16-42 . Those s do not contradict each other . With Pilate ‘s permission , Joseph took down the body of Jesus

The evidence of Apostles about consequent doings vary . Matthew , Mark and Luke tell , that Joseph alone wrapped it in a clean linen cloth , and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock . He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away (Matthew 27 :33-61 . Mary Magdalene and Mary , the mother of Jesus have seen that , but did not take part . Luke also says , that the women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how his body… [banner_entry_footer]


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