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According to legend, Elder Simeon could take eternal rest only after he personally saw Christ. The canvas depicts the Elder himself, the Holy Virgin Mary and the little Jesus Christ in the arms of Joseph. The saints arrived at the temple in order to show Simeon the little Messiah. The main characters are surrounded by other inhabitants of the temple, whose faces clearly show the delight and joy of the appearance of the saints.
In the central part of the picture, the most striking elements are the Holy Virgin Mary, Joseph and Christ. Light comes from the baby in Joseph’s hands, which illuminates all the people nearby. The face of the Virgin Mary is impeccably beautiful, it expresses joy and peace. St. Joseph carefully presses the baby to him, talking with the Elder. The highlighting of the main characters of the canvas, as it were, tells the beholder that they are the main characters, to whom all public attention is riveted. The use of a warm color palette, such as a combination of red, orange, yellow and brown gives a feeling of warmth and holiness, a warm welcome.
The background of the picture is made in dark black and brown shades, and the interior of the room is extremely difficult to identify and consider among the darkness reigning in the building. From space you can see only weakly consecrated by the light emanating from the crown of Christ's massive columns. In the upper right part of the canvas is a group of people who fix all their eyes on the holy child and are in a hurry to get closer to the miracle. The mass of enthusiastic faces of the temple inhabitants who worshiped Christ convey the solemnity and originality of the event, implying the appearance of the Messiah and the achievement of the Elder long-awaited peace.
Vasnetsov Tsarevna the Frog