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27.  Self-Portrait as mothe of Yi Sun-shin praying

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Yi’s mother used to pray for her son’s safety at the back yard.

The strong light reveals the mood of the tragic emotion that dominated his mother’s face and enhances the mood of her affection and affliction for her son. This dominated mother’s profoundly expressive features in this grave and laconical composition of the Baroque genre realism of the anecdotal episode. The supernatural calm that pervades this picture is characteristic of the mood of the devotional mother.

The expressive hight impasto was utilized for emphasizing the powerful strength

of the subject. The atmospheric chiaroscuro enhances the frighted and worrying inner feeling of  mother.


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