Antonello da Messina – a bright representative of the Italian school of painting of the Early Renaissance. The master’s mature work is a fusion of Italian and Dutch elements. The image of blessing Christ is a variant of the iconographic type, which received the definition of “Salvator Mupdi”.
Christ is depicted without a power, a symbol of power, and not crowned. His pervasive gaze and blessing gesture rivet attention. The hand raised above the frame is written with a clear perspective cut. She was supposed to amaze contemporaries with the illusion that she seemed to stand behind the
A close look will find that part of the painting layer is erased, and under it a slightly different initial position of the hand is visible. It is noteworthy that one or two decades later, Hans Memling would create a similar image twice. This proves that not only the Dutch masters influenced Italian contemporaries, it was and vice versa.