Saint John Of The Cross Analysis

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 from “a drawing, preserved in the Convent of the
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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

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