St. John Of The Cross Essay

1657 Words Nov 8th, 2016 7 Pages
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 Incarnation in Avila, Spain, and done by Saint John of the Cross himself after he had seen this vision of Christ during an ecstasy (Christ of Saint John of the Cross,1951).” His depiction of Christ is in the view of God and the “angle was strategically drawn and [Dali] used an actual muse to get an accurate perspective on how the body would dangle from a cross (Christ of Saint John of the Cross by Salvador Dalí).” Christ on the Cross by Diego Velazquez is not as complex in his approach of the crucifixion of Jesus. This painting “expresses a supreme dignity; this because of his simplicity, his humanity and the admirable absence of both physical beauty and ugliness (Christ on the Cross,…

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