The painting by Rembrandt Harmenszoon Van Rijn “Danae” (1636-1647) is strikingly different from modern minimalist art and is familiar even to those who do not follow the change of artistic styles. Painted 400 years ago, the canvas is striking in a clear, picturesque manner and affirms the high spiritual values of the era.
Rembrandt’s painting was created on the basis of classical Greek myths, but the plot is made in circumvention of traditions. In the central part of the picture, Danae is depicted - a sweet, naked woman waiting for the arrival of the god Zeus in order to conceive a son from him.
The woman’s pose makes it clear that Danae is waiting for her lover. She impatiently rises to meet her friend, holding out her hand and looking towards the light. Her body is perfect, spelled out clearly and picturesquely. Snow-white skin is set off by a divine light so masterfully written that it creates the illusion of illumination from the inside. Imaginative and compositional completeness reaches its limit.
The face, hands, body are objects of special attention to the artist. Through them, the spiritual essence of the personality of Danai is expressed. The heroine is selfless, her love is pure and unbiased, she is open. Initially, the lady was similar to the artist’s wife, but after her death, Rembrandt somewhat altered her, complementing the image with the features of a new passion. But the docs made the face more original and unlike anyone. The result was an aesthetic ideal of the artist, which never ceases to please the viewer.
The entourage of the picture plays on black and white contrasts. Depth appears here thanks to the drapery over the bed, the figure of a maid, peering with avid interest in the distance. There is an opinion that the appearance of the old woman resembles the artist himself, who liked to capture himself in the most unexpected heroes.
An angel above the bed breaks the idyll with its bound hands and a crying grimace. It is difficult to say why the artist saw the angel so, perhaps he knows in advance the outcome of events and is sad that he can not change anything. But be that as it may - the “Danae” of Rembrandt pleases mankind not one hundred years.