First of all, papal portraits typically depicted the sitter frontally, or kneeling in profile; here, Raphael shows Pope Julius from an unusual, oblique angle. The portrait is even more remarkable for its unusual psychological depth.
God has created the world, but his Son has saved it. The first certain mention of the date of December 25 for the festivity is due to the pope Liberius in the year In this way, he gives a first consolidation to the image of the Nativity. The feast of Christmas has spread throughout the whole Christian world during the IV century.
Starting from that century, and until at least the Baroque era, the Nativity has become one of the most represented subjects in western The basic composition of kneeling figures in studying.
As it is known, the sources of the Nativity are the gospels by Luke and Matthew, which tell the childhood of Jesus and contain the principal episodes of the event: These are also the themes on which the artists concentrate their interest.
The first representations of the Nativity are centred on the figure of the Baby Jesus and are influenced by details from the apocryphal gospels, such as the bath of the Baby, that we can see in a mosaic in the Church of Santa Maria in Trastevere, by Pietro Cavallini, dating back to In his nativity we note the absence of Saint Joseph: Pietro Cavallini, Nativity of Christ a.
The distance from the representation by Pietro Cavallini is impressive.
The five angels that welcome the birth of Jesus are lined on the roof of the crib, according to a symmetric scheme that follows the profile of the mountain: They seem gently lift the crib, completely occupied by the figure of Mary, that is the centre of the painting and holds the Baby with a gesture of affection that we do not find in the earlier representations, where a hieratic Child is at the centre and the other figures in adoration.
Mary is the centre of the picture, but she is not at the centre. Giotto has divided the scene in two parts: The second part, the right one, contains the shepherds who listen to the announcement from the angel. They are represented at the right margin, conversely to the ox and the ass on the left.
The valley between the two mountains marks an ideal line of separation. This asymmetry confers the scene dynamicity and vitality. Giotto underlines his passive role in the nativity, but at the same time places him in the foreground, as a guardian that ensures protection and serenity.
Piero della Francesca, Nativity a. The monumental, enigmatic figures of his nativity, dated between andin the last period of his activity, are incredibly near to the fresco of Giotto, more than to the works of his contemporaries. Some parts of the painting, such as the lawn in the foreground, are poorly conserved and some scholars believe that they may have never been completed.
The ruined crib, topped by a crow that may prelude to the ominous destiny of Christ, is the background for the scene that happens on the lawn outside. The five angels are descended we would say on the land, they sing a song for the Baby lying before them. The Madonna, at the centre of the scene, is concentrated in her pray, separating the blue world descended from the Sky from the terrestrial world, where a relaxed St.
Joseph is quietly talking with the shepherds. Fra Angelico, Nativity a.
The decoration concerns both the common areas of the building and the cells of the monks. In every picture, the painting is aimed to evidence the religious meaning of the story with a sincere and poetic religiosity that springs from the simplicity of the representation. In the Nativity cell 5 in the East aislethe crib with the ox and the ass is in the background as in the work by Piero della Francesca that we already talked about to direct the attention of the observer a monk on the figure of the Baby, who very simply gains the centre of the scene.
At the two sides of the Baby, Mary and Joseph are in adoration, St. Catherine is next to Mary, St. Peter Martyr is next to St.
The symmetry of this very simple scheme is only broken by the different positions of the two saints, Catherine behind Mary, Peter alongside Joseph. Of course, the presence of the two saints is historically unfounded, but their figures had to inspire the conduct of the monks.
Lorenzo Costa, Nativity a.Studying two draped male figures in separate frames and at slightly different scales, the artist may have produced this sheet (which features two similar figures on the verso) as an early design of the four Evangelists for an embroidered altar frontal (Museo Diocesano, Cortona).
By Dave O’Malley. When reading or researching history, it is easy to be drawn to the brightest lights, to be mesmerized by and enamoured of uncomplicated storylines, to wish for heroes and villains, to see only the deepest of blacks or the most blinding whites.
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Dark green (almost black) patinated bronze sculpture of kneeling woman laying her hands on genuflecting figures to her front and rear.
Woman is nude save for crested headress.
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These elements make up the expression, content and meaning of the piece of work chosen. For instance, in studying a program of support services for the newly employed we can't possibly include in our study everyone in the world, or even in the country, who is newly employed.
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