Analysis And Interpretation Of Mid 12th Century Christian Romanesque Artwork

1148 words - 5 pages

Analysis and Interpretation of Mid-12th Century Christian Romanesque Artwork

This essay will analyze and interpret the style and technique of a mid-12th century Christian fresco painting that once filled the apse of a monastery church in a Catalonia, Spain (Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Christ in Majesty with Symbols of the Four Evangelists). The Romanesque piece depicts Christ with several influential Christian figures and is composed in a style similar to paintings that thrived throughout regions of Western Europe in the beginning of the second millennium. The iconic artwork communicates that Christ and his message are of utmost significance, reflecting the cultural shift in ...view middle of the document...

In the right passageway, Abraham holds a hatchet with his son Isaac, Rebecca and the symbolic hand of God, expressing sacrifice. The four apostles occupy the center of the middle register, and are shown in a frontal, columnar pose, wearing geometrically squared robes to convey strength and support. This is in contrast to the Four Evangelists and eight remaining apostles, who assuredly disseminate the gospel, in some cases holding bibles or manuscripts.
Vividly portrayed, there are scenes of mortal man in the bottom register; life’s challenges and divine intervention. There is a scenes of Saint Joseph clutching his face, labeled as “Joseph” in the painting; a younger man reclined with a hand out (his lower half is missing due to deterioration); a calf’s head; a scroll; and an angel assisting a couple. The angel has a facial expression and head tilt signifying purpose, as he is about to perform a significant and imminent act of redemption.
Complementing the register position is hierarchy of scale in each figure’s proportion in relation to other human forms. As the central figure, Christ is approximately two times larger than the Four Evangelists are, which are approximately three times larger than the apostles are. Their elongated tubular pose and large halos accentuate their size in comparison to the mortals, angels and Saints in the bottom register.
Venturing towards the nape of the church toward the apse, the dramatic color and patterns of the fresco would immediately catch the viewer’s eye. The unknown artist achieves this effect with an opulent gold background rich in red and yellow tones with expressive geometric patterns on the ground line supporting Christ and the oval border surrounding Christ. The ground line consists of an “h” shaped geometric pattern of blue, gold and red. The inconsistent application of red and yellow colors on the “h” pattern renders the dramatic effect of an open flame, which accentuates the black background. The almond-shaped mandorla surrounding Christ is multi-colored and outlined by a large black ripple pattern. As the black ripples grow larger in the middle of the border, they amplify Christ’s presence as the central figure. The ripple shaped mandorla brilliantly transitions Christ’s power and presence to the Four Evangelist’s and includes the Four Evangelists with Christ as central figures.
Situated or standing before the alter of the church of Santa Maria del Mur, the apostles would be in the viewer’s direct line of sight. The mandorla and...

Other Papers Like Analysis and Interpretation of Mid-12th Century Christian Romanesque Artwork

Sample Data Interpretation and Analysis

1158 words - 5 pages CHOCOLATES Figure 1.7.IF YES (refer to no.3 answers) Figure 1.8. How Often? Figure 1.9. How much? Interpretation Twenty-three respondents were surveyed for the purpose of the study. 1 of these respondents is male and 22 are female. 13 of these respondents are aged 18, 4 are aged 17 and 6 are aged 19. 4 respondents belong to the 50 and below allowance bracket, 9 belong to the 50-100 bracket and 10 belong to the 101 and above. 2

Analysis of Christian and Pagan Themes in Beowulf

1042 words - 5 pages Eng 201 September 7, 2012 Analysis of Christian and Pagan Themes in Beowulf The heroic poem, Beowulf, written circa ninth century after the Common Era (C. E.), presents a bloody chronicle of a king’s role in the violence and tumultuous Germanic tribes shortly after the Roman Empire’s expulsion from the low countries of Northwestern Europe. Evolving from oral narrative’s, Beowulf’s origins, while traceable to a general place and time in

A Model of Christian Charity Analysis

986 words - 4 pages Analysis of John Winthrop’s “A Model of Christian Charity” America’s roots in Puritanism are still evident nearly 400 years after the establishment of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. John Winthrop, in his sermon, “A Model of Christian Charity,” not only lays out the mission ahead, as he sees it, for the settling of the New Land, but he lays the foundation for American society. Seeing the founding of this colony (and by extension this country) as

"Interpretation Of A Narrative" Analysis Of An Article (A Narrative) Written By Absalom Jones And Richard Allen. Yellow Fever Outbreak Of 1793

2343 words - 10 pages INTERPRETATION OF A NARRATIVECrises such as plagues and outbreaks of disease bring out the best in people, as well as the worst of them. A Narrative is an article written by Absalom Jones and Richard Allen, two African American ministers who lived in Philadelphia during the Yellow Fever outbreak of 1793. The article functions as both a historical account of the epidemic, and a refutation of false accusations made by Caucasians towards the

Roles of Comparative Law to Legal Interpretation and Application

5252 words - 22 pages COMPARATIVE LAW 2013 GROUP 6 – CLC35 1/1/2013 Role of Comparative Law to legal interpretation and application Role of Comparative Law to legal interpretation and application Table of Contents I. Definition: legal interpretation and application 2 I.1 Legal Interpretation 2 I.2 Legal Application 3 II. Role of Comparative Law to legal interpretation and application 4 II.1 Role of Comparative Law to legal

Christian Science Church--The First Church Of Christian Science--Discusses Various Aspects Of Religion And Faith

1595 words - 7 pages The church I chose for my report is the First Church of Christ, Scientist. I interviewed a church member, Robert Jeffrey, who is a Christian Science practitioner, a former lector, and a Sunday school teacher of grades three through five. A Christian Science practitioner has devoted his or her entire life to the healing of the sick by praying for them and with them and cannot obtain any other profited occupation. Jeffrey makes himself open to

If Current Carbon Dioxide Emission Trends Continue, Shells of Marine Organisms Will Start Dissolving in Some Parts of the Ocean Sometime Around Mid-Century

1246 words - 5 pages Geochemistry Pop Quiz 2 - 20/3/2013 Niall Smith - SF Earth Science 1) On what evidence is the statement “If current carbon dioxide emission trends continue, shells of marine organisms will start dissolving in some parts of the ocean sometime around mid-century” supported? Provide a short explanation and what you think are the two most relevant literature references illustrating your point. The scientific evidence which supports this

Analysis and Interpretation

3425 words - 14 pages CHAPTER-1 INTRODUCTION FINANCE: Business concern needs finance to meet their requirements in the economic world. Any Kind of business activity depends on the finance. Hence, it is called as lifeblood of business organization. Whether the business concerns are big or small, they need finance to fulfil their business activities. In the modern world, all the activities are concerned with the economic activities and very

A Comparison of the Christian and Ancient Greek Cultures

1722 words - 7 pages A Comparison of the Christian and Ancient Greek Cultures Most Christians (or those religions that follow the basic principles of the Bible) believe in the stories told in the Bible. In fact, these stories are usually regarded not only as mere stories, but also as actual historical accounts of important people, events, and concepts of the Christian faith. However, stories of Greek and Roman mythology are typically regarded as nothing

Emily Dickinson Review And Interpretation Of Poems #449, #465, And #712

1800 words - 8 pages her poems and the influential factors of the author's life. You cannot analyze one without analyzing the other even though they might seem irrelevant at times, their relevance and correlation is of the utmost importance when attempting to search for the roots of her revolutionary thoughts and when attempting to describe a deeper analysis and meaning behind an author's poetry.

Interpretation of the American Dream in the Jungle, the Great Gatsby and Death of a Salesman

2138 words - 9 pages . experienced an economic depression that destroyed millions of livelihoods. This eventful period of American history led many to question the American Dreams place in modern America. This research paper will examine the interpretation of the American Dream in literature between the Progressive Era at the start of the twentieth century and the 1950s economic and social boom. In order to do this the paper will examine the novels The Jungle, The

Related Essays

An Analysis Of The Creation And Interpretation Of "Art"

1018 words - 5 pages An Analysis of the Creation and Interpretation of "Art" Nathan Spencer ARTH 252-001 Contemporary Art & New Media I could start this off by asking the question, "what makes something art?" I could, but I'm not going to. It is a pointless question to be asking in the first place due to the highly subjective nature of the concept of "art." If we try to nail down a solid definition, someone will simply come up with some new way to subvert it

Analysis And Interpretation Of "Elephant" + Different Types Of Endings

1184 words - 5 pages Analysis and interpretation of “Elephant” + different types of endings Part A Polly Clark wrote ”Elephant” in 2006. It is a short story about a man, who writes biographies of female pop singers. He is having a writer’s block in the text and later begins to write false events to the biographies. His wife is also trying to get pregnant. The text is in a restricted third person, which means that the narrator can see everything but only hear the

Analysis And Interpretation – The Nine Billion Names Of God

1324 words - 6 pages ------------------------------------------------- Analysis and interpretation – The Nine Billion Names of God In 1953 Arthur C. Clarke wrote “The Nine Billion Names of God”. This is a science fictive short story where we meet a group of lamas who wants to write the nine billion names of God. Atypically, the lamas will not use the ‘normal’ alphabet; but their own alphabet where they have invented and written in their holy books. In over three

Analysis And Interpretation Of The Dress By Julia Darling

1240 words - 5 pages English assignment 12 Analysis and interpretation of “The Dress” by Julia Darling “The Dress” is a short story written in 2006 by Julia Darling. The story describes how the strained relationship between the two sisters Rachel and Flora and their mother’s lack of ability to deal with emotions outside her working hours combined with a conflict concerning the loan of a dress become the factors that lead to the end of their life together as a