"The Taking of Christ" is an impressive work of art by one of seventeenth centuries most prolific and influential painters, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. The painting is typical of Baroque style: intense, vibrant colors, strong contrasting of light and dark shadows, and dramatic emotions of its subjects. His piece depicts a pivotal Biblical scene, another stamp of Baroque movement, due in part to the Roman Catholic Church having a significant role during this art period.
This picture has the main figures pushed to the left: Jesus and Judas, giving room on the right side for the Roman soldiers laying hold of the religious scholar and figure of Christian belief. Notice how the soldier's armor reflects the amount of light that fills the scene, while most of the faces are mostly hidden.
[...] I like this painting because it shows Christ's humility and courage in the face of danger. This is a common theme that I find most admirable which Caravaggio has not only well preserved in this painting, but forever captured a crucial moment in Christian theology. References Back To Classics. (2009). The Taking of Christ. [Image] Retrieved from http://www.backtoclassics.com/gallery/caravaggio/takingofchrist/ The Telegraph. (2010, June 28). Stolen '$100 million' Caravaggio recovered by police. Retrieved from http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news Walsh, E. (n.d.). A Picture of Mystery. In The Irish Letter. [...]
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