Red Color Symbolism

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Register to read the introduction… These colors are rich and luminous, and they bring out the textures in the painting. During the Renaissance period the Virgin often wore Red or Blue. The Red dress represents Madonna as the main focal point as she encompasses Christ and John the Baptist in her triangular form. She appears to be larger than life taking up most of the painting and drawing your eye in to her. The way she softly encloses the children in her arms in a contrapposto form creates the pyramid shape representing the “Holy Trinity” which adds linear perspective to this work. There are a few other disguised symbolisms in this painting, such as the lemons on tree symbolizing the “Virgin” or the slight hint of gold halos around each one of their heads expressing …show more content…
The light is soft and illuminates there pale bodies. The Depth of Field seems to be higher up from the background. The landscape in the foreground is also rich with cool colors, like the blue sky and roaring mountains, and the green leaves on the far tree with undertones of gold. The green grass shows texture and tone, also with undertones of gold. The vines on the Lemon tree have distinct lines in them and as you go from one spectrum of the tree there becomes play with light and dark contrast. This work seems highly finished to me, as if Correggio went in knowing exactly what wanted to paint. Correggio has various paintings of the Madonna and Child with young Saint John the Baptist, but as I compared his works I like this one the best. The colors are more vibrant, the textures seem so real that you want to touch the painting; the play amongst the figures within the work seems so genuine. The contrast of the dark tree against the light sky and background landscape creates the illusion of depth and that this is a three-dimensional form. The forms are defined by lines and soft, smooth brush

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