Description of the painting by Nikolai Ge “What is truth?”

Description of the painting by Nikolai Ge “What is truth?”

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This picture is of interest not only because of its artistic component, but also because it has several oil layers. The artist at the time of the creation of the masterpiece was in distress, therefore, if society did not accept one of his works, then he painted another on top of it.

The viewer in the picture can see Pilate coming out of the palace and unexpectedly met Jesus Christ. The ruler of Jerusalem stopped and arrogantly asked a question to the martyr. He does not answer anything.

A curious decision of the artist was the use of paints. Pilate, according to Christian doctrine, refers to the representatives of the dark side. But it is executed on the canvas in bright colors. This is evidenced not only by the usual white toga, but also by the sunlight falling on it, apparently penetrating through the passage. And Jesus, on the contrary, is not just in the shade. His clothes are not woven as if from cheap material, usually worn on prisoners, but something more expensive, but for some reason it is dark in color.

A smile is barely noticeable on Pilate's face, as if he were taunting a prisoner's fate in his face. The same, in turn, humbly looks at the ruler of his lands, there is not a shadow of condemnation in his eyes directed against Pilate and his actions.

The difference in positions is confirmed by the artist’s chosen forms of the bodies of these heroes. Pilate has a powerful figure, occupying almost a third of the canvas. He is confident in his decision. And Jesus contrasts with him. The martyr is as if cornered. Unlike Pilate, he hid his hands behind his back, thereby as if wishing to move even further away from what was happening.

Pilate fails to discern the truth hidden in the shadow of the saint's slightly frown. Perhaps that is why Jesus is in darkness. The artist, apparently, wanted to show in this way that the truth of the saint rested far from Pilate.

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