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  • Holy Women at Christ' s Tomb

    Artist:
    Carracci, Annibale. 1560-1609
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    121x145,5 cm

Carracci, Annibale. 1560-1609

Holy Women at Christ' s Tomb

Italy, Late 16th century

Annibale Carracci was one of the founders of the Academy in Bologna, which opposed the distortions of the Mannerist style and sought to revive the art of drawing from life. This was to contribute greatly to 17th-century Classicism. The masters of the academy were the first in the history of European art to create an ordered system for the training of artists, including the study of nature and the use of the artistic devices of Classical Antiquity and the High Renaissance. The Holy Women is one of the master's great late works, a canvas well known to his contemporaries. The subject derives from the Gospel According to Matthew (xxviii: 1-7). On the first day of the new week, the three holy women, Mary Magdalene, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary the Wife of Zebedee, came to Christ's tomb. There they were faced with the open tomb and an angel who told them of the Saviour's resurrection. The simple, easily readable composition, the faces without any strongly individual features, the theatrical gestures and Classical attire, these are all devices of the artist of the Academy, who perceived his central task as the rational reworking of the Classical ideal.

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Holy Women at Christ' s Tomb

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oil

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121x145,5 cm

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Acquired in 1836; formerly in the W. Coesvelt collection, London

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ГЭ-92

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