Thursday, October 1, 2015

The Sacrifice of Isaac

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, (1571 � 1610)  Sacrifice of Isaac  Oil on canvas, 1603  104 cm × 135 cm (41 in × 53 in)  Uffizi, Florence,  Italy

"The Sacrifice of Isaac" (1590 -1610)

In this painting it appears that Abraham is being intercepted by an angel while in the act of slitting his sons throat. The angel with his right hand prevents the sacrifice and with his left points to the substitute victim. Michelangelo Caravaggio combines horror with beauty. For example the knife laying against Isaacs' arm and the look of terror in his face represents horror. While there is a soft touch to the background and the intent of the angel to direct Abraham away from sacrificing his son represents beauty.

No comments:

Post a Comment