Description of the painting by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio "Conversion of Saul"

Description of the painting by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio

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From the “Acts of the Apostles”, the painter Caravaggio drew a significant dramatic plot for writing paintings in the Roman church.

Saul was among the most formidable and ruthless persecutors of Christians. According to legend, he went to Damascus to detain several supporters of Christ there.

The day before, he received permission from the high priest to arrest them. When the persecutor was already approaching his destination, he was blinded by the bright heavenly light. Having fallen to the ground, he heard the distinctive speech of Jesus, who asked in a reproaching, instructive tone: "Why are you persecuting me?"

After that, Christ appeared to the disciple of Ananias, telling him to come to the house of Saul and putting his hands to the blind man, to restore his sight. The student completed this assignment. Seeing, Saul was baptized and under a new name - Paul became a preacher of the Christian faith.

The story that radically changed Saul's life is described by the master with tremendous expressiveness. The radiance from the appearance of Christ makes the former killer close his eyes tightly, horrified and fall exhausted to the ground at the feet of a horse. The bulky horse body occupied almost half of the canvas - in the upper fragment of the picture, it seems to hang over a helpless fallen figure. With this technique, Caravaggio distracts the beholder from the person, drawing his eyes to the strong unearthly light above him.

The artist’s amazing work is also noteworthy by the fact that Pavel who fell off his horse with his limbs goes beyond the frame of the picture. Thanks to this ingenious way of constructing the composition, viewers are given the opportunity to feel themselves witnesses of what is happening in the picture, to more sharply penetrate the feelings of the hero and to believe in the supernaturalness of the event.

Realistic evidence of the divine appearance is now stored in the Roman chapel of Santa Maria.

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