Paintings

Description of the painting by Peter Rubens, “Carters of the stones”


Landscape painting by Peter Paul Rubens is the culmination of the development of Flemish art of the 17th century. During this period, the foundations of the public consciousness characteristic of the nascent New Age were laid, when in the fine arts of Western Europe there was an active rethinking of earlier views on the relationship between nature and man. In landscape painting of that time, nature was considered in a generalized form, where living and nonliving are closely intertwined.

In the painting “Carriers of the Stones”, as in other landscapes of Rubens, the world around us appears as a single, powerful and formidable force. In the center you can see heavy piles of rocks and stone blocks densely covered with powerful roots of tall trees, whose uneven trunks are in constant, perpetual motion. The same continuous movement takes place in the sky, where the rays of the setting sun are already replaced by the rising full moon. In the foreground, the artist shows people - these are stone carriers engaged in their hard work. The arrangement of the elements of the picture, combining horizontal and vertical perspectives, gives the landscape a sense of volume and depth, as in a three-dimensional image.

Representing the power and strength of nature, the painter introduces the motive of transformative human activity into the picture: a person here is not a passive creature, but an active contributor to the world, a direct participant in the processes taking place in it. Such a worldview, which was developed at the end of the Middle Ages, became predominant in Western European art of later centuries.





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