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The Raising of the Cross is one of five paintings about the Crucifixion of Jesus series. This was one of the two first paintings he was commissioned to do by Constantijn Huygens, the right hand of the Prince of Orange. The series was supposed to contain small versions of Rubens’ altarpieces. It was originally thought as a triptych, but as Rembrandt produced the pieces, the final sequence ended with five paintings telling the story of how Jesus was crucified and resurrected. Rembrandt put a lot of weight into this project, as they were produced on a time where the artist had been trying to establish himself as a religious painter. Even though the pieces were not as well received at the time, and researches explore that it might be because Rembrandt was not exercising his typical style and instead was emulating Rubens’ figurative and narrative style. Rembrandt’s expectations of receiving new commissions deriving from this series were thwarted. Since no commissions were appearing, the artist focused once again on his original style of work.
In The Raising of the Cross, it is possible to observe the use of an unbalanced layout, where the cross, as it is being raised, forms a diagonal form in the middle of the composition. All the pieces from this series are vertical and arched on top. Most of Rembrandt’s pieces show portraits of people sitting, very steady, very upright. This one has movement and interaction between the characters. Jesus is nailed to the cross with the arms wide open, a white fabric around his waist, a crown of thorns and the paper with inscriptions on top of him. A very classical representation of the religious scene.
This piece mixes the narrative style of the religious paintings with classical Baroque elements like the contrast between light and darkness. There are several characters on the scene and while many fade into the obscurity of the background, three of them stand out: the commander and the two men that are raising the cross. The commander, who is standing, is using oriental vests and a white turban that indicates his post. The beautiful light shining onto the scene creates a separation between Christ as a character in the scene. The light also represents Christ's spiritual journey and his connection to God.
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