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Description of the artwork «Jacob's ladder»

The painting "Jacob's Ladder", 50x60 cm, oil on canvas, 2003 dedicated to the scene from Genesis describing the dream Jacob had during his journey from Bathsheba to Harran (Genesis 28: 12-12). In the composition, I depicted not only the Old Testament plot of Jacob’s dream, but combined it with the plots of the New Testament, including the Images of the Most Holy Theotokos; The Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ. Jacob's staircase leading to heaven is near the horizon, it connects the earthly world with the heavenly world, from which it almost merges with the color of the sky. In the story, Christ - the Savior of the World is depicted as a baby, he lies on the grass in the center of the composition, he is surrounded by numerous descendants of Jacob, who worship Jesus. They are the embodied promise of the Lord given to Jacob in a dream: “I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your father, and the God Isaac; [do not be afraid]. The land on which you lie, I will give to you and your offspring; and your offspring will be like the sand of the earth; and you will spread to the sea and east, and north and noon; and all the tribes of the earth will be blessed in you and in your seed; and here I am with you, and I will save you wherever you go; and I will return you to This earth, for I will not leave you until I do what I have told you. "
Jesus is the foundation of the Church; therefore, He is often compared with the cornerstone (see: Acts 4: 11; Rom. 9: 33; Eph. 2: 20; 1 Pet. 2: 7). Therefore, I depicted Him at the base and center of the composition. Psalm 117: 22-23 "The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone: it is from the Lord, and it is marvelous in our eyes." What is the cornerstone? This is the main stone that lay at the base of the building. Everything was built on it. The symmetry and stability of the building depended on this stone. It served as a reference point for the entire construction.
So I draw parallels between the symbols of the cornerstone, which is the foundation of the Church and the stone on which Jacob once slept on the earth, once laying his head on it, humbly settling on the ground ...
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Art form: Painting

Subject and objects: Genre scene, Fantasy, Religious scene, Historical scene

Style of art: Classicism, Realism, Rococo, Ornamentalism

Technique: Oil

Materials: Canvas

Date of creation: 2003

Size: 50×60 cm

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