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This is a colossal canvas 5.5 × 12.8 meters. Which bears in itself another name - “Feast in the house of Levi”. The artist gave the middle name to his picture in connection with the inquiry of the inquiry officer.
The painting by Paolo Veronese has survived to this day in its original appearance. On it we can observe the figure of the artist himself. Veronese portrayed himself in a bright green camisole. His image breathes generosity and dignity. What were inherent to him in real life, when the artist had to defend his innocence.
Against the backdrop of the magnificent buildings of the Renaissance, elegant and wealthy halls with arches and large white columns, which are executed in the style of the fifteenth century, housed countless elegant society.
Absolutely everything in this picture is dressed in chic clothes of that time. Except Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene. Also on the canvas you can see hunting dogs, the Sultan of Turkey and black dwarfs in colorful robes.
Veronese did not try to convey the historicity of the event. For him, the main thing was to make the picture beautiful and striking. “Feast in the house of Levi” has become one. In this composition, all guests behave quite freely and loudly. Their gestures are rude and absolutely free.
The picture has a clear element of triumph. It is expressed in a solemn atmosphere and its grand scale. This can be observed in the pose of Christ and in the gestures of other people when they raise the vessels with red wine. Eucharistic symbolism also plays an important role here, which is manifested in cutting lamb at the table, bread ...
The composition is filled with a diverse array of colors, which are included in many characters - Turkish representatives, black dwarfs, guards, aristocrats, jesters and even hunting dogs. And in the very center of the canvas Christ himself is located. Judas was not only on the other side of the table from the main character, but, according to the artist’s plan, was completely turned away.
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