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Description of the painting of Henry Semiradsky “Christ and the Sinner”


The artist’s work is devoted to biblical and antique subjects. In his paintings, a large role is given to the landscape, which complements, sets off the plot. Semiradsky was called a landscape painter of the historical genre. The beauty and harmony of the world was a central task in the artist's work. Images of people are a little static and sometimes unexpressive, but the general atmosphere of the triumph of harmony allows us to talk about the master’s paintings as world masterpieces.

Representative of late academism, he raised criticism from critics for overly detailed surroundings. And admirers admired the prescribed patterns on marble columns and applauded the play of shadows on olive leaves.

One of the most famous was the painting on the biblical story of Christ and the Sinner. The idea was based on the poem of A.K. Tolstoy the Sinner, in which the harlot undergoes spiritual purification and rebirth under the influence of the power of the person of Christ.

The composition of the picture is based on the opposition of two groups: Christ and his followers and the courtesan, with a crowd of brightly dressed people. the division into two parts tells the picture the idea of ​​initial antagonism and subsequent accession. Small details, written out with great care, provide a lot of information about the characters. Features of symbolism: white clothes - a symbol of purity; untidy, albeit rich outfits - a symbol of reckless life, complement the characteristics of the characters.

The painting was a resounding success, and the artist was awarded the title of academician of the Imperial Academy of Arts.

For the first time in this painting, the artist used the techniques of combining the scale of the historical plot and captivating effects.





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