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Birth of Christ - Robert Kampen. 87 x 70 cm
The Birth of Christ is a frequently encountered plot in the works of many artists, but Robert Kampen's Christmas is somewhat different from traditional images.
In the center of the picture, the Virgin stands on her knees, dressed in white robes decorated with gold embroidery, as a sign of her purity and purity. Red wavy hair emphasizes the delicate porcelain color of a young face. With folded hands in a prayer gesture, she, holding her breath, looks at the baby that appeared in front of her on the ground, from which a golden light emanates.
Nearby, kneeling, in bright red robes reverently froze the head of the family Joseph. Having blocked the light of the candle from the wind, he gazes with faith and hope at the baby.
Near them are two midwives in rich clothes and intricate headdresses. But one knelt down, unconditionally believing in a miracle. And the other holds out her hand, which was taken away after she doubted what was happening. But after touching the newborn, her hand will be miraculously healed. Ribbon inscriptions typical of Gothic book miniatures tell us about this.
Three shepherds peek out from the open doors of the crib, examining the baby. A whole gamut of feelings is written on their simple and sincere faces: curiosity, surprise, tenderness.
An angel soars over Jesus in snow-white clothes, three more angels admire what is happening, standing on the old roof of the barn. There was a place in the picture for animals as well - through a broken wall, a calmly lying cow with expressive eyes is clearly visible.
Juicy blue and scarlet colors, whose shades vary from light to darkest, harmoniously combine with olive-green and warm golden chocolate tones, emphasize the glow of snow-white colors.
And how carefully the wings of angels on the roof are written out. Similar to birds, they gently shimmer with delicate apricot, pearlescent, pinkish-cream shades, changing their color to purple-violet and gray-gray.
The landscape is magnificent in the background, which can be considered as a separate picture. At the top of the mountain is a large fortress. The winding road goes to a wide calm river, along which ships sail. Behind the trees, houses and people are visible. And as a symbol of Christmas, a golden sun rises above the earth.
A great many lovingly written details: pearls and precious stones decorating dresses, two buttons on Joseph’s sleeve, a bagpipe and a felt hat in the hands of shepherds.
You can view the picture endlessly, very bright and lyrical, it gives a feeling of joy and warmth.