Christ Of St John Of The Cross Analysis

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There are many similar works of arts even those that are created in a different time period. This is no exception for the two religious paintings: Christ of St John of the Cross by Salvador Dalí, 1951. Oil on canvas, 205 cm × 116 cm (80.7 × 45.67") Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow, Scotland and Christ on the Cross by Diego Velazquez, 1631. Oil on canvas, 100 x 57 cm. Museo del Pardo. Madrid, Spain. Though similar in nature the two pieces have many different aspects and elements that makes both works of art stand out.
There are many characteristics to both pieces of work. Christ of St. John of the Cross by Salvador Dali is one of the most memorable and iconic paintings known in today’s time. Dali’s inspiration for this piece was
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These two works of art were created in the same medium of oil done by Spanish artists. The iconography is very much similar in that the portrait depicts Jesus on the cross when he was crucified. Both works of art portrays Christ with his arms spread open, nailed to a wooden cross. The element of chiaroscuro, creation of light and dark is very prevalent in both works. The space around the cross is dark and the light is shown on Jesus’ body. There are many reasons as to why there was darkness at the crucifixion, but it is explicated stated that it was a dark afternoon in the Bible according to the different books of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. The whole face of Christ is not visible in both works, although in Christ on the Cross only half is depicted which still gives the audience the belief of the suffering that Jesus had to encounter for our sins which makes both paintings more relatable. Depicting Jesus as dead in both paintings instead of alive gives off a more emotional appeal to the audience, this is noted by the hanging of Christ’s …show more content…
John of the Cross and Christ on the Cross. Christ on the Cross utilizes a darker palette of colors in representing Christ. The major difference in these two works is the amount of Christ’s body that the audience encounters and our point of view. Velazquez’s work shows “the purity cloth is painted rather small, thus showing the nude body as much as possible (Recreating an Old Master).” Also, Christ is depicted in Christ on the Cross as more relaxed with both of his feet nailed with two nails each on one foot to a ledge instead of the wooden cross that his arms are already nailed to. His hair is longer in this painting where it covers majority of his left face also signifying his pain and suffering that were inflicted upon him previously. “Blood drips from his wounds down his body and the wood of the cross (The Painted Solitary Crucifix)” in Velazquez’s piece where the presence of blood is absent in Dali’s piece. The color of blood is not a vibrant red color, but a dull red. In Christ of St. John of the Cross, Salvador Dali uses an unique point of view when depicting Jesus. Dali “has rendered his crucifixion from the point of view of God (Salvador Dali 's Christ of Saint John)” in which God is overlooking his own son and the world below which is marked by the transition of clouds and a boat below. Dali’s painting utilizes brighter colors in

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