- Author: Fedor Bruni Antonovich
- Museum: The Russian Museum
- Year: 1841 ⇐ Click image for larger version
Description of the picture:
The Bronze Serpent - Fedor Bruni. 1841. Oil on canvas. 565x852
Fedor Antonovich Bruni (1799-1875) - an outstanding master of historical painting of the first half of the XIX century. He created multi-figured compositions gained fame and recognition of his contemporaries.
Work on the picture "The Brazen Serpent" It was conducted by the artist for fifteen years, and this is explained not only by the enormous size of the canvas, but also by the complexity of understanding and writing the Old Testament plot, which is deeply philosophical in content. Rescued from the Egyptian captivity, the Jewish people, led by Moses, wandered in a waterless desert for forty long years. Tired and tortured by tired people, they began to cry, and the Lord sent a punishment on them — rain of poisonous snakes. Then the people repented and began to pray for mercy, for which the Lord commanded Moses to raise a colossus and put a serpent on it. He who looks upon him with the truth by faith in salvation through the Lord will be pardoned.
The artist set himself a difficult task - to depict the diverse reaction of a diverse crowd, to show the degree of faith and submission to the divine will of each person. But the people presented on the canvas are more likely to be gripped by fear than filled with deep humility by the dictates of Heaven.
The artist's attempt to present the action in the night light, snatching out the figured compositions with moonlight, gives the sound of the picture a note of symbolism and makes a mystical impression.
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