The Deposition

By Van der Weyden

By special request of JH and Toad.

PS: The picture above won’t enlarge on clicking. Here is the high res original.

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4 Responses to The Deposition

  1. johnhenrycn says:

    Astoundingly moving. Almost as breathtakingly sacred as Michelangelo’s Pietà, and definitely in the same class as Caravaggio’s Deposition, if not ever so slightly superior to it.

  2. toad says:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Descent_from_the_Cross_(van_der_Weyden)

    Thanks for running this. I am truly sorry then, to carp a bit, but the picture has been cropped rather severely, not by Burrissimo, which has lost the wonderfully cunningly-painted and integral “wooden frame.” (See wiki link.)
    Also interesting to recall that it was originally commissioned by a Confraternity of Archers, which explains the echoed “Bow” shapes of Christ and his mother, which link the pair and differentiate them from the other figures,and also explain the little bow motifs in the corners, blah, blah..

    That’s enough Loony Media art talk, Ed.

  3. johnhenrycn says:

    Very witty, Toad, and almost as artistically perceptive as Golden’s musings on The Annunciation painting by what’s-his-name.

  4. toad says:

    I don’t know why you’d call it witty, JH. It wasn’t intended to be.
    Oh, well.
    The stuff about the archers guild is true, if that’s what you mean.
    They were from Louvain.

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