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The picture depicts the phenomenon of a miracle. When the early Christians spread their faith around the world, it often happened that the Gentiles did not want to listen to them. So one of the young apostles fell into the hands of a cruel king, who laughed at him and sentenced him to a quarter. However, when they undertook to carry out the sentence, it turned out that the body of the young man became invulnerable to axes and the executioners believed in fright.
The picture shows the moment when people understand that something wrong is happening, something that should not happen.
The preacher lies on the stones, his eyes are closed, and around him are chips left from weapons. Around him, stunned people. One of the executioners, a dark-skinned, in a turban, shows the people an ax and an ax with their hands raised, the rest are on their knees, their faces buried in the ground, and there is movement around. People are drawn to look at a miracle. The composition is characteristic of Renaissance paintings - it is clearly geometric.
Its center is static and defined by a lying body. On the left and right sides, the movement animates the picture, makes it dynamic, balances the statics. Only the sharp movement of St. Mark from top to bottom, his outstretched hand, is uncharacteristic. It Appears from nowhere, its head shines with light, clothes flutter around it, and its movement as if breaks the composition, deprives it of integrity, and at the same time oddly balances it.
Faith triumphs. In the distance, mountains and a museum with statues are visible, a tree and a very pale blue sky turning into a pre-storm heaviness are visible.
A miracle does not look cheerful or joyful. It is filled with frightening meaning, calling not to love God, but to submit to him. Do not fall to the edge
y clothes in awe and awe, and bury his forehead in the dust, kneeling.
This miracle is the triumph of Christianity over paganism, but in the picture itself there is something menacing and oppressive.
Claude Monet Haystack In Giverny