Race And Race In The Ide Michelangelo's Pieta '

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“Race ing” Sideways
The work of art depicts thirteen men who seem to be running a race but no one is in the lead. The color of the men’s skin changes from white to black as you look from left to right. And the color of the men’s cloth also changes from black to white if you look from left to right. This picture is presented in a completely black background which is outlined by a white frame. Nikolai Buglaj tries to reveal a hidden truth in this art work. As well as, compel the viewer to see the world in a new light.
Value is an element of design that is used in the picture. It can be seen in the transition of black and white from left to right and right to left. This element of design proves that equality might just be an illusion. Because in reality, we will always be held back by our racial or social status. As a result, the minorities will have to work twice as hard to prove that they are good enough. Similarly, the social values at stake here is the issue of racism and class in America. The
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The term Pieta means a picture or sculpture of Virgin Mary holding her dead son Jesus after he had been brought down from the cross on her arms or laps.
From a historical perspective, this art work was greatly influenced by Michelangelo. Although he was not the inventor of the pieta, he however changed the way it was been presented forever. That is, he changed the usual picture of an old and sad looking virgin Mary and a very dead and lifeless Jesus. To a younger woman who although looked sorrowful still radiated divinity. And her son Jesus looked more peaceful than dead. From a cultural perspective, the pieta is a symbol for Catholics who are strong believers that Jesus died on the cross for the sins of mankind. And the sorrow on Mary’s face is the pain of watching her only son been murdered like a

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