• The Descent from the Cross

    Artist:
    Jouvenet, Jean. 1644-1717
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    90,5x60 cm

Jouvenet, Jean. 1644-1717

The Descent from the Cross

France, between 1704 and 1709

The prominent French artist Jean Jouvenet was a representative of the French academic trend. His attention was drawn to dramatic subjects and deep feelings. He turned repeatedly to the evangelical subject The Descent from the Cross. The Hermitage painting is the author’s replica (with slight changes) of the work exhibited at the Salon of 1704 and well known due to the print of Alex Loire. At the foot of the cross are the mournful figures of the Virgin and the disciples of Christ. To their left stands a worker leaning a ladder against the cross in order to remove a piece of cloth. There is a depiction of a copper basin with a blood-soaked sponge. In “The Descent from the Cross” the Classical canons combine with Jouvenet’s own impressions of real life.

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The Descent from the Cross

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oil

Dimensions:

90,5x60 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1919; handed over from the State Museum Fund; originally in the Wojeikow family collection

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-5717

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