Analysis: The Deposition By Rogier Van Der Feldman

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This essay was a analysis of a Flemish painting, the Deposition. All the analysis will be based on personal observation and background research while using Feldman's five principles of analysis. This painting was called The Descent from the cross or Deposition of Christ or Descent of Christ from the cross. It was painted by the Flemish artist Rogier Van Der Weyden in 1435. It was painted with oil, on oak panel. The size of this painting is 220cm x 262cm. This painting contained many subjects that almost filled up the whole panel. There were ten human figures that consist six male and four female, all have a certain expression. At the center there was Jesus Christ, his body was wounded. There was a cut on his abdomen, his forehead was scratched…show more content…
Descent of Christ from the cross straightforwardly told us this was a biblical painting, depicted the moment when Jesus's dead body was taken down. Base on the bible, I recognized the two men that were holding Jesus's body were Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus . Both men's expression were somber, their eyebrows were locked and veins showing. On Jesus's left side, Nicodemus had a more emotional expression compared to Joseph of Arimathea. The corners of his nose raised, his lips curled upward and tears were falling down his face. The two women at the painting's left side werer Mary the wife of Cleophas and Virgin Mary's sister…show more content…
The plants and grass painted in the painting suggested the crucifixion was executed near nature. In the Bible, Christ was crucified in a garden there was a new tomb . The skull and the bone also indicated the existence of the tomb. In addition, the skull also had another meaning. That the Christ body was going to be buried with Adam, the skull was actually Adam's . The possibility of them burying together was a poetic and epic scene in the Christian’s history. The overall texture and details were breath-taking. The tears on people's face were so convincing, easier to arouse audience's emotion. The details of the plant were very delicate and elaborate, the strokes that created them were tender. As for the clothes, the artist presented the texture of different fabric with microscopic precision. The texture of fur, metal on the clothes were masterfully painted that audience could take credibility in the attire those figures were

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