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  • Healing of Blind Man of Jericho (triptych)

    Artist:
    Leyden, Lucas van. 1494 (?)-1533
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    115,7x217,3 cm

Leyden, Lucas van. 1494 (?)-1533

Healing of Blind Man of Jericho (triptych)

Netherlands, 1531

The Hermitage triptych belongs to the best and typical works by Lucas van Leyden. In taking as his subject one of the miracles performed by Christ, as related in the Gospel According to Luke (18: 35-43), the artist treated the biblical subject like an entertaining genre scene. The central characters are Christ and the blind man, who is led by a boy, yet they are shown not prominent in the foreground, but a little deeper in the painting, surrounded by a colourful crowd of people. Amongst those looking on as the miracle takes place are the apostles, as well as various citizens, soldiers, monks, women with children and even a cripple who points at Christ, confirming the fact of the cure of the blind. All are dressed in 16th-century attire and their faces are free of idealization. Lucas van Leyden was seeking to convey above all the crowd's emotional reaction. Depicted on the side wings of the triptych are not saints, as was traditional on church altars, but the figures of heralds (a soldier and a girl), demonstrating the coats of arms of the painting's donors. It has been suggested that the triptych was intended for a Leyden hospital to be an example to the sick, promising spiritual healing and deliverance to those who truly believed in Christ.

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Healing of Blind Man of Jericho (triptych)

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oil

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115,7x217,3 cm

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Entered the Hermitage in 1772; acquired from the collection of L.A. Crozat, Baron de Thiers in Paris

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ГЭ-407

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