Blessing Christ by Antonello da Messina

Blessing Christ by Antonello da Messina

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

plane of the picture and was directed directly to the viewer standing in front of her.

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.

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