Court of the Sanhedrin. 201 x 297 cm
This painting by artist Ge suffered greatly both from time and from the judgments of critics. Tsar Alexander III and Chief Prosecutor of the Holy Synod Pobedonostsev, who at that time was the main reactionary of the empire, categorically did not like her. Under their influence, Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich - the emperor’s brother and president of the Academy of Arts - did not allow the canvas to be used in the exhibition.
All these people and many others were confused and outraged by the interpretation of the image of Christ. In the picture he is depicted as a clogged, puny, ugly and poorly dressed man who is openly threatened by members of the Jewish Sanhedrin. This fundamentally contradicts the tradition of depicting Christ as a handsome young man with regular features and long wavy hair.
The canvas depicts the ceremonial exit of the Supreme Court of the Sanhedrin, which examined the “work of Jesus Christ. They found him guilty because they could not recognize the progressive views of the preacher. The same thing happened with the artist himself. For that time, everything in his picture was strange and “wrong” - from a composition with Jesus pushed into a dark corner and a magnificent ceremony of priests in the foreground to the image of Christ himself in the form of an unhappy, almost ragged and ugly short man.
The painting is included in the "Passion Cycle" of the artist when he lived and worked on his farm in the Chernigov province. Then he experienced a clear lack of funds, which affected the quality of the painting and the preservation of the painting. For her, she used an old-quality low-quality canvas with a removed layer of paint, cheap dyes and rancid linseed oil for dilution. All this led to the fact that the canvas was not exhibited for many decades, even after being bought by the Tretyakov Gallery. A lot of time and effort was spent on its restoration and restoration, but the work of art was saved. It was exhibited for the first time in decades and allows viewers to appreciate the high quality of painting and the original thinking of its talented author.