• Saint Christopher

    Artist:
    Elsheimer, Adam. 1578-1610
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    22,5x17,5 cm

Elsheimer, Adam. 1578-1610

Saint Christopher

Germany, Circa 1598/99

This small-scale picture represents a scene from the apocryphal legend about Christopher the pagan giant who met the Infant Christ and was converted to Christianity. In Elsheimer’s paintings lighting effects play a crucial part in creating an image. In ‘Saint Christopher’ this is moonlight, the mystical light emanating from the Infant Christ and the light of the torch illuminating the anchorite’s figure. The subtle nuances of lighting impart a sense of mystery and spirituality to the night scene. The plastic treatment of the figures is reminiscent of Tintoretto’s manner of painting. It is likely that the painting was well-known in Rome in the early 17th century, since the head of the Infant Christ was copied by Rubens who lived at that period in Italy. Alongside Rubens Elsheimer’s work influenced the masters of different schools including Rembrandt, Lastman, Fetti, Poussin and Lorrain.

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Saint Christopher

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oil

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22,5x17,5 cm

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ГЭ-694

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