Crucifix - Tintoretto. 536 x 1224 cm
The multi-figured composition of this monumental canvas is completely subordinate to the architecture of the hall of the Abbey of St. Rock where it is located. Incoming people see the base of the cross with the crucified Savior, and he has a group of people immersed in grief from the loss of their beloved son, teacher and mentor. Moving forward, visitors to the church see more and more characters of this huge picture in its size and scale.
First, a cross with Jesus crucified appears before their eyes, and then a whole canvas opens in all its splendor. Two tall windows are located on the sides of the picture, so the canvas is illuminated by two strong light streams that create a game of colors and create the illusion of living figures.
It is impossible to estimate the scale of the image right away. Only with careful consideration, it becomes clear that the artist managed to create a kind of comic strip, fitting on the same canvas simultaneously the images of the scene of preparation for the crucifixion, the process itself and the final scene. At the same time, the master involved many different characters - from the heartbroken family and the apostles, to the triumphant Jewish priests depicted in the distance, having rid themselves of a dangerous competitor. A group of people on horseback and in armor, characteristic of the Italian Renaissance, should depict Roman warriors led by Pontius Pilate.
The composition of the work is characteristic of the aesthetics of mannerism. These are extremely difficult poses and angles, many different characters, rich but restrained colors and subtle details. The center of the composition is the crucified Christ, surrounded by a bright radiance. His pale body and the rays of light emanating from him distinguish the image from all others, emphasizing the importance of what is happening. The remaining characters serve as a kind of extras, background for the central figure and the main event.