The Last Supper

Posted: February 12, 2013 in Uncategorized

the last supper

This painting, The Last Supper, was painted in the time period of 1495-1498 by one of the most famous artists that ever lived,  Leonardo Da Vinci.  His talents were ahead of his time in that he displayed incredible ability at a very young age.  He constructed  multiple masterpieces whose messages are still debated today, and one of those pieces includes The Last Supper.  The Last Supper depicts the image of the last supper of Jesus of Nazareth and his Disciples, before his crucifixion.  In addition, The Last Supper was the symbolic birth of the Holy Eucharist via Jesus’s famous words; “take this all of you and eat it, this is my body, and it will be given up for you”.  The images drawn by Da Vinci display outstanding depth and lighting to focus on certain individuals.  Also, Da Vinci painted this to construct the real life images and reaction of Jesus’s famous words; “one of you will betray me.”   Within the painting there is commotion brewing throughout the supper party because everyone wants to find out who will be the betrayer of Jesus.  Da Vinci portrays a powerful message of love and betrayal within the painting, and with that message, symbolizes the challenging human path to eternal paradise.

The lighting and depth by Leonardo Da Vinci was utilized to focus on a central point in this painting.  That focal point is Jesus, who is the center of attention within the masterpiece.  The Disciples are crowded around Jesus, and are suggesting who will betray him in the coming hours.  The Holy Trinity is present in The Last Supper because the Disciples are separated into groups of three and that there are three windows.  The Holy Trinity symbol is a triangle with three parts,  The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit.  Da Vinci utilizes the symbol of the Holy Trinity to portray Christian beliefs about one God, and the importance of these three divine entities of nature.  In the distance out the window, Da Vinci painted a natural landscape that is similar to paradise.  Leonardo Da Vinci is inferring that you can reach paradise through Jesus Christ, and he exemplifies this with the shine that is coming off of Jesus’s body.  The symbolism in The Last Supper is utilized to focus on Jesus, who is the most important entity in the Christian Faith.


School of Athens

Posted: February 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

school of athens

This painting, School of Athens, was made in 1510 by Raphael who was well known for his use of depth, lighting, and perception within his paintings.  Philosophers played a substantial role in the development of western civilization, and were well respected during the days of the Greek and the Roman Empires.  Raphael decided to incorporate the philosophers into one of his paintings, and thus created the School of Athens.  This painting contains all of the influential philosophers of the Greek period and the Roman Empire.  Raphael constructed School of Athens to show admiration and respect to the intellectuals who defined logic and life.  Back in Ancient Greece, philosophers were similar to modern celebrities in today’s world, and were the center of popularity in Greek society.  Raphael understood the importance of philosophers and what they would mean to future generations and this notion played a role in him creating this masterpiece.

School of Athens by Raphael illustrates branches of knowledge that combined to assemble the basic thinking for western civilization.  Each philosopher, scientist, and mathematician brought their own quality to the table that corresponded to generate the basis for western thought.  The most influential philosophers are placed in the middle of the painting which consists of Plato, Aristotle, and Socrates.  Raphael’s utilization of perception and depth focus on the important philosophers near the middle of the painting.  The depth created within the extended rows of pillars and the lighting make Plato and Aristotle stand out within the masterpiece.  Plato is pointing towards the sky because in his philosophy he thought that the changing world around us is just a shadow of a higher and true reality that is unchanging.  In addition,  classicism is present because the painting is looking back to the past and shows a scenery of historical figures in Ancient Greece and Rome.  Raphael constructed this masterpiece to acknowledge and portray the branches of knowledge that made up Western beliefs.

The_Aldobrandini_MadonnaThis painting, Aldobrandini Madonna, was made in 1510 by Raphael who was one of the most influential and famous painters of the Italian Renaissance.  Raphael, as well as many other painters, drew the Virgin Mother Mary as a main part of their masterpieces.  Mary was commonly referred to as Madonna, and was often accompanied by two others in multiple Raphael paintings.  Those two were children and they portrayed the Christ Child (Jesus of Nazareth) and John the Baptist.  Both are present in the Aldobrandini Madonna, with John  the Baptist in the fur coat on the right and the Christ Child in the lap of Madonna.  Raphael’s use of lighting, depth and perspective in his masterpieces are utilized to make the figures appear warm and lifelike.  This procedure by Raphael is shown in the Aldobrandini Madonna to concentrate on the Virgin Mother, and the close bond she shares with the Christ Child and John the Baptist.  Raphael pianted most of his works for the church community and this painting was owned by the Aldobrandini family.

In the Aldobrandini Madonna, Raphael is portraying a message based on the formation and placement of the figures in the painting.  The triangle of the Holy Trinity is hidden within the painting, and the heads of the people connect to make the triangle.  The Holy Trinity is The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit, and explains that there are three divine people in nature.  The Holy Trinity is the basis for Christian belief, and each section of the triangle (The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit) play their own role in making one God.  For this particular painting, The Virgin Mother is the Holy Spirit,  the Christ child is the son, and John the Baptist is the father.  John the Baptists plays the father role in the Aldobrandini Madonna because he is handing the carnation of life over to the Christ Child who is holding it in his hand.  Also, the halos and the fact that each figures’ head is pointed towards the sky infers that they are pointing towards heaven.  This coincides with the Holy Trinity because heaven is the final destination in the Christian faith and is where the Father (God) is present.  In conclusion, Raphael portrays the message of life and the meaning of God within the painting Aldobrandini Madonna.

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