Prayer for the bowl - Andrea Mantegna. 1455
Before us is one of the most dramatic gospel stories. In desperation, Christ turns to the Father with a request to save him from suffering. But the angels of heaven, who appeared for the message of the Higher Will, stretch out the cross, as a symbol of future suffering.
A dream in Christian ideology is spiritual death. The rabbits with which the picture abounds are a symbol of timidity and carnal joy. The sleeping apostles left their Master. At their feet there is a group of rabbits, quietly gnawing something edible. Rabbits run away from the Savior. Thus, symbolizing that God's beginning in the Savior conquers the human, the disciples succumbed precisely to human weaknesses.
The work is written accurately and very clearly. Bold brush strokes, creative use of perspective and an abundance of characters fill the work with an atmosphere of anxiety and unkind premonition.
Fantastic mountains, the symbolic image of Jerusalem, bare trees, overhanging heavy skies - every detail is not accidental. A black raven sitting on a branch of a lifeless tree is waiting in the wings ...