The Last Supper - Alexander Andreevich Ivanov. 26.6 x 39.7 cm
Studying the work of the Russian artist, the author of the famous painting “The Appearance of Christ to the People” by Alexander Andreevich Ivanov, you come to the conclusion that his works need not be watched, but contemplated - slowly, without fuss, to penetrate into the essence of the canvas, try to unravel the true idea of this deep artist.
Most of his life, from 1831 to 1858, Ivanov spent in Italy, where he not only worked, but also devoted much time to spiritual development, reflection, debate with friends and like-minded people about the spiritual transformation of a person from the Christian era.
In the same period, his famous “Biblical stories” appeared, representing a cycle of two hundred watercolor sheets - studies, sketches, sketches, as well as a huge number of sketches.
Art connoisseurs believe that some sketches, including the famous "Last Supper", are masterpieces, an independent artistic value in terms of meaning and quality of execution.
Paper, watercolor, whitewash, Italian pencil, and here we have Ivan the Last Supper.
The plot of the picture has been known for thousands of years: in a secret place gathered disciples, a round table, a huge hall with tall columns, apostles listening to Christ, Judas, sold for thirty pieces of silver. "Verily I tell you, Jesus, soon one of you will betray me."
Ivanov's drawing is completely unlike the work of other creators of the Last Supper plot. Jesus Christ with him is always the center, the peak, the main event. Each figure is expressive, the contour line of the picture is movable and clear. At the same time, the whole group is united by depth and light.
Thanks to the talent of the painter in this small watercolor, executed in a completely unconventional style for the church plot, the impression is that the author is present, a kind of “historicity” of the moment when all the images of the characters look not canonical, but alive, human.