Prophet Jeremiah - Michelangelo Buonarroti. Fresco.
Jeremiah is one of the four Old Testament prophets mentioned in the Bible. He was the second great prophet after Isaiah, who greatly influenced the formation of the Jewish and Christian religions.
Jeremiah suffered greatly from the fact that his prophetic visions were not perceived properly when he predicted the most serious problems for his people due to the wrong, destructive policies of those in power. On the fresco of Michelangelo, he is depicted as a tired, exhausted old man, sitting in deep thought, resting his head on his hand.
This is a very strong and expressive image. The prophet, who saw the terrible future of his people and the coming Babylonian captivity, was not heard by people and because of this began to doubt his gift. He almost lost faith, but did not change his desire to influence the future of the country and people. It was he who first introduced the concept of the New Testament, which, unlike the Old Testament, will not be imprinted on tablets of stone, but imprinted in people's hearts.
On the fresco, Jeremiah is a deep gray-haired and gray-bearded old man sitting cross-legged facing the viewer. He has tired half-closed eyes, and his face is half hidden by the hand on which he rests. His garments are different from those of other prophets. They are quite short or matched because the prophet's legs below the knees are open. The upper part of the clothes with long sleeves is a pleasant golden color, and the lower part is mauve, collected by beautiful folds, depicting the large body of Jeremiah. Behind him is a woman and a man, not chubby putti, as in other frescoes with biblical prophets.
This mural is one of the most expressive and memorable in terms of expression. Although the movement is not captured on it, the figure of Jeremiah is static, his face so vividly conveys emotions that it seems the face of a real, real person.