Essay on The Ascension By John Singleton Copley

1474 Words Nov 21st, 2016 6 Pages
The Ascension by John Singleton Copley is an oil in canvas painting that depicts the ascension of Jesus to heaven. Copley derived his idea whilst in Rome as he studied Raphael’s Transfiguration of Christ. Copley’s work was at the heart of American Neoclassicism which was born out of the birth of the American republic. The Ascension differed greatly from Copley’s usual work of portraits, however maintains similar characteristics one would expect from work of this time. American Neoclassism has traits that stem from the ancient Romans. Thus, this shows correlations in with Copley 's work. Copley’s interpretation of the Ascension clearly orientates around Christ as the centre figure. Christ 's centrality is combined with a sense of awe and wonder which is created by using colour, movement, unity, contrast and mood. Copley creates Christ as the centre figure with this overwhelming feeling or ore as this event is perhaps the most important event for Christianity.

The composition of this painting centres around Christ at the centre as he ascends into heaven. The piece has two main parts to its composition that lead to Christ being the most important figure. The painting shows an element of the late renaissance style. This can be seen through the triangle and fulcrum Copley creates with Christ. The angels are positioned in the bottom right hand corner where as the disciples are on the bottom left hand part of the painting. Copley creates Christ at the peak which lures the…

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