The painting "Position in the Tomb" was painted by Titian in 1559. The dimensions of the canvas are 148 by 205 cm, the materials for writing the work were canvas and oil.
At the time of painting, Titian had a great interest in complex, dramatic topics, which was largely due to the events taking place in Venice at that time. The struggle in reality is reflected in his painting, the artist’s canvases are full of tension and grief.
The picture depicts 6 figures, the central figure, as you might guess - Jesus Christ. Titian depicts him not as thin, as is often accepted, but as a muscular man, which gives a feeling of strength and ability to fight. Christ appears as a warrior, not a victim, the winner of a dangerous battle, and not a fragile religious sufferer.
Human figures occupy almost the entire area of the canvas, the background is not clearly defined, a considerable area is also reserved for the coffin, on which, by the way, the artist places his own signature. The picture is pretty bright. There are several large spots of saturated colors: red, yellow, blue. Christ is traditionally portrayed in white, personifying purity and light.
Although, according to the biblical story, Jesus is put into the coffin in the full confidence that he is already dead, the picture does not express sorrow. A lot of white color helps viewers to keep hope for the best, for a miracle, for resurrection. The characters in the picture look at Christ with hope, clutching at his hands, as if not wanting to let go into another world.
The background is not detailed enough, but we see both dense clouds and light breaking through them. Titian skillfully combines the mood of heroes and the mood of nature, this connection is obvious. We understand that not only the figures of heroes and their emotions are subject to movement, but the changing nature is also subject to the same movement.
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