"“The Prophet Elisha”, Giorgio Vasari – description of the painting
Description of the picture:
The Prophet Elisha – Giorgio Vasari. 1566. Tempera on wood. 40×29
The representative of mannerism, Giorgio Vasari, is known to us as an invaluable source of knowledge about our more famous brothers. Meanwhile, the picturesque work of the Italian master deserves close attention.
The presented picture is dedicated to the prophet Elisha. He received the gift of divination from Elijah before the latter ascended into heaven. Elisha prophesied and worked miracles for more than sixty 5 years under 6 kings of Israel. He divided the waters of the Jordan, made the Jericho spring suitable for drinking, prayed for water in the desert for the Israeli troops dying under the bright and very hot sun, revived and rescued from hunger.
Specifically, the magic of salvation from hunger depicted on his canvas Vasari. A prophet on his knees holds a pot in which herbs are poured. With his own prayer, Elisha will turn these herbs into edible ones to feed the starving.
The figure of the protagonist is deliberately highlighted in reddish color to highlight the holiness and the chosenness of the prophet, as well as to attract the attention of the viewer. The dominant gamut of the master was always cool tones, but he realized how to put the right accents in color to direct attention to the main thing in a multi-figure composition.
The painting was painted specifically for the church in Perugia, where it found its place in the chapel of Sacramento. From one thousand seven hundred and 70, three years the work moved to the famous Uffizi Gallery, where it can be seen even now."