This style is called tenebrism. Joseph the Carpenter (1642)

This style is called tenebrism. Joseph the Carpenter (1642)

8/14/2021, 6:00:08 PM
This style is called tenebrism. Joseph the Carpenter (1642) was painted by the French artist Georges de la Tour (1593-1652). It shows Jesus with his earthly father, Saint Joseph, who is drilling a piece of wood with an auger. There seem to be several symbols in this painting. Jesus (although some say it is angel) is holding the light, which symbolizes the hope that he provided. And the auger resembles the shape of a cross, referring to the crucifixion. Even the hole that Joseph drills can be seen as a reference to the holes in Jesus’ hands and feet at the crucifixion. And whereas Mary and Jesus were among the most popular subjects in art until the 17th century, Joseph was rarely depicted. But that changed in the 17th century, when his role was revived a bit, with artists depicting him as a humble and hard-working man. And the tenebrism shows in the dramatic illumination and contrasts, for which De la Tour only used a single light source (the candle). #Art #Painting #Artwork #ArtHistory #HistoryofArt #OilPainting #OilonCanvas #FineArts #ArtoftheDay #DeLaTour #FrenchArt #FrenchArtist #FrenchPainter #Tenebrism #Baroque #Joseph #Jesus #Symbology #Symbolism

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