In the Prado

Weyden Deposition.jpg

What with one thing and another, the Prado is mainly warehouse of paintings of people doing shit things to each other in the name of various deities, though mostly the christian one.  That has never stopped me from visiting those kinds of places and I was hugely rewarded by seeing Rogier Van Der Weyden’s descent from the cross in the pigment for the first time.  I watched walrus of art, Waldemar Januszczak, banging on about this painting in an episode of the Renaissance Unchained and he was his usual hectoring self but in this case with good reason.  That said, nothing compares to standing in front of it for it’s sheer scale of life sized subjects executed so well and still not so piously as to exclude reference to gild of crossbow men who commissioned it.

Anyway, here’s bossy, giving der Weyden his due.

Image reference:

By Rogier van der Weyden – Originally from en.wikipedia; description page is/was here.
Source: http://www.kfki.hu/~arthp/html/w/weyden/rogier/01deposi/index.html, Public Domain, Link