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Bosch is one of the masters of the Northern Renaissance, whose style is still difficult for experts to determine. They say that he was a madman or a sectarian. That with his paintings he described black magic, which he was engaged in or which he had witnessed. Or that he was a surrealist, splashing images onto the canvas directly from the subconscious - often his name pops up with the name of Salvador Dali.
In any case, Bosch’s paintings are written in the “alla prima” technique, which involves applying the paint to the canvas not in several layers, but in one, without long waiting, and is full of monsters, non-obvious interpretations and deep meanings. Some people are delighted. Some have disgust.
Carrying the Cross is one of his religious paintings. It has only one plan, approximated as much as possible. It creates the feeling of a static cinematic frame from a creepy animated film about Christ's ascent to Calvary. Only faces can be distinguished in the picture, and these faces are extremely unpleasant.
Hypertrophic noses, open mouths, lack of teeth, rage, disgust, condescension, ridicule - they cause shame and a desire to quickly turn away. Among them there is a repentant robber who wants to die, whose face seems already dead, gray, and two other robbers, furiously screaming, hating the whole world. There are Pharisees and priests, and in the whole disgusting bacchanalia, only Christ with a cross on his shoulders and Saint Veronica with a cloth seem normal.
Their faces are bright, their features are full of serenity and peace, their eyes are closed, protecting them from the abomination taking place around them.
This moment itself - the ascent, the bearing of the cross - the triumph of stupidity, meanness, hatred, envy, pride, selfishness, and love of money, which is perfectly understood from the picture of Bosch.
Painting French Revolution