Description of the painting by Sandro Botticelli “Mystical Christmas” (option 2)

Description of the painting by Sandro Botticelli Mystical Christmas (option 2)

This work of art is the most important work of the author, made in the last period by Botticelli. The painting “Mystical Christmas” is surrounded by several secrets, one of which lies in the dating and signature of the picture by the author, because this is the only picture signed by him. At the same time, the picture shows a rather strange Christmas, which only a true genius with extraordinary imagination could imagine. In the center of the composition is visible a cave, the entrance to which is in the form of an arch. Directly near the entrance is Joseph and Mary with the Child, under a thatched roof. Visible cradle, but there are no Magi, who usually must be present.

Everywhere there are images of angels, both in heaven and on earth, and some other people who are most likely made to make the picture more congested. As we know from reliable sources, This picture was started at the moment when Savonarola appealed to all the inhabitants of Florence in order for them to repent of their sins, and the angels would then have to save sinners. But, be that as it may, it is not known for certain what exactly served to depict just such a motive. If you look at the angels in the picture, they are exactly twelve (meaning those who form a circle), they symbolize 12 months and a 12-hour day. Those angels who are on the earth, in red, white and green clothes, those who have already arrived on the earth, for the salvation of sinners.

Maria attentively looks at the baby, and she is not only the main figure, but her head is in the very center of the canvas. The angels above it, under the golden arch, hold in their hands olive branches, which symbolize the world. Angels, who are on the ground, hugging people and rejoice. The main idea of the canvas is the onset of peace and tranquility, after the troubles occurred.

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