The painting “Ascension of the Righteous” (“Ascension to the Empirical”) by the Dutch painter Jerome Bosch was painted in oil on a board, probably in 1500-1504.
Genre - religious painting.
Probably the Ascension of the Righteous was part of the Blessed and Damned polyptych. The central picture of the polyptych was The Last Judgment, on the right were the Fall of Sinners and Hell, on the left were the Ascension of the Righteous and Earthly Paradise.
The plot is inspired by the idea of the end of the world, a prophecy about which spread in Western Europe to the beginning of the XVI century. The theme of the death of mankind is found in the works of Bosch quite often. Usually, the artist painted hunks boiling in cauldrons with melted coins, eating glutton toads and snakes. However, in the work “Ascension of the Righteous” there are no torments of sinners, it is filled with a bright mood. Accompanied by angels, the righteous, freed from earthly cares and problems, fly through a deep tunnel filled with unearthly light. Their faces are turned to the bright radiance pouring down the corridor. Hands froze in supplication. The figures become weightless, take off easily and reach the end of the tunnel, where they become incorporeal, lost and forever merged with God.
I. Bosch masterfully uses the light, with his help and creates the main plot. Light leads the viewer from the illuminated clouds to the figures of people scattered in the picture and, finally, to the tunnel. Overflows of light and darkness, shades and richness of colors help the author convey the depth and volume. This is most clearly seen in the image of the clouds and the tunnel.
To convey the perspective, the artist draws people in the foreground larger, and those who are farther - small. The tunnel rings perfectly convey the effect of movement.
Calmness, pacification fill the picture, the heroes have nothing to worry about, their path is almost complete. Nevertheless, there is tension in the work - it is created by the red and black pointed wings of angels.
The work is stored in the Doge's Palace, Venice.
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