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Description of the painting by Jean-Francois Millet “Angelus”


“Angelus Domini” is the name of a Catholic prayer that is read three times a day — morning, afternoon, and evening. The bells in the Catholic churches in the old days called upon believers to pray, and three times a day, cities and villages were filled with festive bells. He reminded that the Lord loves everyone, and it would be nice to thank him for the fact that the earth will give birth, for the fact that everyone is healthy and for the fact that the sun rises every day and does not stop rising in the future.

The picture shows a field at sunset. The sun has already sunk below the horizon, and the sky is burning with a red flame, against which the silhouette of a distant church in the village is very clearly visible. From it must be very audible in the evening rural silence, the bell ringing is heard, calling on all believers to pray.

The peasant and his wife on the field, hearing this sound, stopped work. The man stuck the forks into the ground, took off his hat and awkwardly wrinkles it in his hands, his head bowed. He is rude, he is used to working in the land, he is far from the grace of the pampered townspeople, but his face (hard to distinguish against the sunset) expresses sincere faith. His wife put a basket on the ground and bowed her head.

A woman does not need to take off her headdress - her arms are simply folded in front of her chest. Her face is almost indistinguishable - only a profile is visible against a blazing sky.

Next to the peasants is a wheelbarrow in which they probably carried fertilizers for crops. Potato sprouts turn green around - if everything goes well, the crop will be good.

It is about this — that there should be a good harvest, that there is no drought or long rains — they pray, interrupting their work simply, routinely, without the slightest protest. This is a familiar ritual and it even calms.

Interestingly, when conducting in-depth studies, an early layer was discovered, according to which it can be understood that initially the picture was supposed to depict the funeral of a baby.





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