Christ taking Leave of His Mother (c. 1512) by Correggio

Christ taking Leave of His Mother - Correggio - c. 1512

Artwork Information

TitleChrist taking Leave of His Mother
Datec. 1512
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions86.7 x 76.5 cm
Art MovementMannerism (Late Renaissance)
Current LocationNational Gallery, London
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About Christ taking Leave of His Mother

Antonio Allegri da Correggio’s “Christ Taking Leave Of His Mother” is an oil painting on canvas that depicts a poignant scene of Christ’s farewell to his mother before embarking on his final journey to Jerusalem, which marks the beginning of his Passion. The painting features other figures such as Saint John the Evangelist and an angel comforting Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane. Correggio was renowned for blending various sources into a powerful synthesis, and this artwork showcases his sophisticated approach.

One of Correggio’s most impressive early paintings, “Christ Taking Leave Of His Mother” conveys intense emotion through its excellent use of color, light, and shadow. The subtle hues used give the figures warmth and softness while emphasizing their solemnity. The figure of Christ stands out in white garments as he blesses his mother with one hand raised towards her; she kneels in front of him with hands clasped together in prayer.

This famous piece is housed at The National Gallery in London which has endeavored to ensure that this masterpiece remains well preserved for generations to come. Visitors can view it up close with detailed audio commentary available upon request from curators who are eager to share the story behind this beautiful work of art which symbolizes both love and sacrifice during a pivotal moment in history.

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