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One of the paintings of Caravaggio, commissioned by the church, but rejected because of unconventional revolutionism - "The Death of Mary." An amazing canvas was created by 1606. It was a period of late, mature work of the painter. And in the picture were reflected all the techniques acquired by Caravaggio over the years of artistic work of depicting figures, background and their interaction.
The "death of Mary" is striking with deep emotional strength. At first glance, the grief of the gathered apostles and Magdalene near the deceased Mother of God is felt. Mental pain on faces and in eloquent gestures infects the viewer and plunges into anxious awe before death. Many connoisseurs of Caravaggio's masterpieces consider the work presented the most tragic.
The dramatic nature of the mournful scene at the bottom of the picture is brilliantly emphasized by the illuminated red curtain on the upper side. The main color of the canvas is a darkening dark brown, it is diluted with spots of rich scarlet tone and bright glare of light. It is light that acts here as a pictorial means for transmitting the spiritual elevation of the canvas. Another technique - the position of the body of the Mother of Christ - it, lying on a raised surface from the ground, as if soars in the air: under the feet you can not see the support.
The church at that time was not able to discern the wealth of spirituality of the work performed. Even the halo thread at the head of the Mother of God did not convince representatives of religion. They wanted to see the triumph of the resurrection, because Mary, after a long life, had to meet in heaven with her beloved son and find happiness. And the artist, in their opinion, did not even give a hint of the true story of the Bible. Moreover, there was an opinion that he chose a woman of easy virtue to be a model for painting the figure of Mary. But still there were connoisseurs of the talent of the painter who preserved a beautiful masterpiece, and now it can be seen in the Louvre.
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