Religious Scenes In The Roman Renaissance

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Codie Muth
The Roman Renaissance was a time of creative and incredible skill, in which it was common to see certain religious scenes like the Deposition, the Pieta, and the Lamentation over Christ. While analyzing these paintings from 1400 to 1600 it is obvious that many of these paintings have certain imagery that repeats itself and the different time periods also have distinct styles to them. With each time period the paintings composition, style, imagery, and meaning all affect the viewers emotions that the painting invokes and that was ultimately the artists goal, to not only tell the story of Christ but to make viewers really feel the story of Christ.
Over 200 years it is amazing that three images could remain so unchanged and
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Things such as the recurrence of Mary Magdalene at the feet of Christ or St. John the Evangelist commonly holding Christ’s back these are both important to the story and the meaning of the images. St. John the Evangelist is believed to have written the Gospels and depicting him as holding Christ’s back could signify this idea of having Christ’s back that he will spread the word of God and support Jesus even after his death. Mary Magdalene had a very special relationship with Christ and she was a devoted follower so, by depicting her as kneeling at his feet is just another way of symbolizing her devoutness at following Christ even following his death. Although the meanings are not certain these beautiful works of art have certain strong meanings in which every viewer will receive differently. Their composition, style, imagery, and meaning will be the pillars that keep these images around to share the power and glory of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for the millions of viewers then, now and in the future to see and witness not only the beauty but the sorrow of this event that had to take place for the forgiveness of each and every

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