The work was written approximately in the years 1472-1475. Andrea Verrocchio specializing primarily in sculpture, fulfilled orders for painting with long breaks. For a long time he could not complete the “Baptism of Christ”, so he commissioned one of his students to finish the work - this is how Leonardo da Vinci co-authored Verrocchio.
An angel and two figures, occupying a place in the center, were depicted by Andrea: they track the characteristic dry manner, sinewyness and “plasticity” of the bodies. Leonardo painted the second angel to the left, while using oil paints, and not tempera, as his mentor. The oil dries much longer and lays down in a smooth layer, allowing you to convey chiaroscuro, to slightly blur the images.
As a result of this, the well-known Leonardic technique was born. He portrayed some of the background, starting from the sketches he had developed earlier of the Arno River Valley. Verrocchio more than pleased and impressed: the creation of a young student became so outstanding that it was used to sketch angels.
It is necessary to pay attention to the fact that the work is distinguished by its color scheme and a variety of shades: this is very unusual for religious paintings. The authors put elements of symbolism into the work - this can be seen by considering the background. The influence of the traditions of medieval painting is felt.
The movements of the characters are constrained, as if they exist in only two dimensions. Faces are devoid of individuality, this suggests that a figure is more an image than a person. The landscape has no perspective, more reminiscent of icon painting than painting. Against the background of all other heroes, the body of the angel on the left stands out for its naturalness and lightness.
Due to the fact that the painting was written by two great artists, very different writing styles, the work looks unique and is very different from similar paintings of that time.
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