"“Noah after leaving the ark”, Jacopo Bassano – description of the painting
Description of the picture:
Noah after leaving the ark – Jacopo Bassano. 1580-1592.
Noah is a very important figure in the biblical narrative. Specifically, Noah contributed to the population of the earth (and not only) to be reborn again, cleansed of sinners and money-givers. It is logical that Jacopo Bassano intended the life story of Noah as many as four paintings. Obviously, the most difficult in its own composition is the canvas, demonstrating the resettlement of surviving people and animals after the ark clings to land.
We see the true pandemonium – survivors on the salvage ship, built by Noah, are starting to settle down again. There people make the first housing, maybe from the boards of the ark itself, while others are busy with some household issues, animals, which, as expected, “every creature in a pair”, which depicts Bassano, leisurely scatter on dry ground.
In the distant plane, we still see a restless stormy sky (it would be because the rain poured for twelve months!), But this frowning blue is cut by the warm rays of light that surround the silhouette of the Lord. It is he who looks and blesses the survivors and Noah, who faithfully fulfilled his command. God gives living creatures, and most importantly, people one more chance.
The style of the master in this work is more than remarkable. Bassano worked in the genre of religious painting, because the church was then the most basic customer, but at the same time he adds special elements from secular life of the 16th century to his canvases. The people here are types of rural or urban people, animals as if taken from daily life. But this is not the most striking thing, but the skill with which the creator collects all into one harmonious harmonious composition. Each person and animal is registered in a manner quite close to reality, and all this verbosity naturally lives, moves, and knows its own personal history.
Jacopo Bassano, who leads a rather stationary lifestyle, nevertheless, carefully watched the trends in art (so to speak in modern language), because in his paintings they found a place for the Renaissance, and mannerism, and realism. Surely, this is why the painter’s work is still inspiring and resonates with the viewer."