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The Baroque period was grounded on religious images and the representation of Catholic dogmas, as an effort to allocate and record the counter-reformation movement. Thus, religious paintings are not only the most important pieces of the time, but they are the very base of what we call now the Baroque period. Several of the most famous representations of religious figures that we currently know were created at this time, including several representations of the Crucifixion of Christ. Often, wealthy patrons would commission these pieces, either to be part of their private collection or to be placed in important churches and political buildings and so is the case for the artwork Descent from the Cross.
Descent from the Cross is part of a triptych created for the Cathedral of our Lady, located in Antwerp. The center panel is more than 3 meters high and shows Christ being brought down from crucifixion. Relevant biblical characters like Joseph of Arimathea, Nicodemus, and St. John are represented in this painting. There are also two servants helping them. Christ is the central figure and is his skin tone is represented one shade paler than the other people. This, along with the white shroud, focuses the viewer's attention to this part of the painting.
The palette gets darker and varies around the composition. The men are represented in warm palettes, with bronzed skin, brown and green robes, with the exception of the man on the ladder who wears a shiny dark blue shirt.
There are two women by Christ's feet. One is Mary of Clopas, who wears a blue and golden dress. We can see her face since her brown hair is pulled back. And then there is Mary Magdalene, wearing a dark green dress and showing her golden blonde hair. Standing with them, there is a pale Virgin Mary. Her complexion shows the suffering and the adversity she is going through. She is engulfed by shadows, so we can barely see her dark hair, and her skin is greyish and darkened. She looks directly at Christ.
Even though Rubens used to be more subtle with his palettes, and used a lot of candid or vibrant colors, this piece is rather dramatic. A lot of contrast can be seen between the background and the figures, and the layout is diagonal, showing movement and interaction.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Descent from the Cross (centre panel) 1612-14, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Descent from the Cross (centre panel) 1612-14 that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
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