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In the period from 1599 to 1606, the painter Caravaggio painted two paintings on the same gospel story - after the resurrection, Jesus appears to two disciples. Cleopas and another man, whose name is unknown, after the execution of the teacher of Christ were sent from Jerusalem to the town of Emmaus.
On the way, the students of the mysterious traveler met, talking with him about the recent sensational events. Gradually flashed, so they invited a new friend to stay with them in the inn until the next day.
The artist’s canvas depicts the moment of dinner at the hotel, and more specifically, the second of the recognition by the apostles in the companion of his deceased mentor, the Son of God. Men recognized Jesus by a symbolic gesture of blessing with the hand of food. Kleopa (sitting with his back to the beholder), from unexpectedly stirring strong emotions - a mixture of surprise, fear and joy, grabbed the seat handles and stood up. The second follower of Christ spread his arms to the sides with delight. The third character, the master of the house, does not see anything supernatural, since he does not understand the conversations of his guests.
Everything in the canvas is permeated with deep symbolism. Cooked game on a white tablecloth and dark grape fruits are a sign of death. White grapes and pomegranates are positive symbols of life and resurrection. The apple is a reminder of the sin of the first people and its atonement by the Messiah who came. Bread and wine are eucharistic objects. The shell on the student’s clothes is a symbol of the pilgrim.
The uniqueness of the image in the non-icon-painted image of Christ: a face without a beard and plump. For the rest, the artist tried to make the plot realistic by artistic means, so that the beholder felt like a participant in this dinner and a divine phenomenon. Connoisseurs of Caravaggio’s creativity acknowledge that the master’s plan was realized.
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