Description of the painting by Ivan Kramsky “Christ in the desert”

Description of the painting by Ivan Kramsky “Christ in the desert”

Description of the painting by Ivan Kramsky Christ in the desert

In the center of the picture the artist depicted Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Christ sits among the petrified sandy ruins. Jesus’s gaze is directed inward. He is lost in thought…

His legs are bare, the fingers of both hands are fastened in a solid lock. The entire figure of the Master points out to us the deepest spiritual concentration in which He dwells with His whole Being. The hair of Jesus is dark brown, a small beard, it all merges with His garments. Christ is dressed in spacious clothes: closer to the body is a loose matte-purple hoodie, covered with a black cape.

The figure of the greatest Spiritual Master of mankind is depicted somewhat bowed, which tells us of the heavy burden that the Mission took upon Himself. The beige sands surrounding Jesus remind us of mountains and canyons, where Christ, sitting over them, appears to us as a kind of giant. The game of scales made by the artist masterly. Behind the God-man stretches the immense sky.

On top of the tone is a whitish blue, closer to the surface of the desert is pink and lilac. Jesus sits in a lighted place, apparently, the surrounding landscape shows us the approach of twilight, that is, the evening time.

Behind Christ, a shadow falls over the desert. And only along the horizon, we see two lines of blue-violet translucent puffy strips having a shade of aquamarine and extending against a pinkish background, mainly in the left part of the picture. Also not unimportant detail of the portrait is the fact that the left, brown-purple foot of Jesus (relative to the beholder) is not covered with a black mantle, unlike the right.

In addition to the purely external representation of the canvas, the picture carries with it an internal impulse that makes us think about something very important and, perhaps, the most important thing in our life…


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