Artistic Analysis of Three Paintings Essay

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In the context of this essay power shall be defined as control over others, more specifically as represented in the chosen pieces of art, control over animals. In these three pieces, Bull Jumping, Late Minoan Period (5-5), Good Shepherd, Oratory of Galla Placidia, Ravenna, Italy (7-12), and The Unicorn is Found, The Hunt of the Unicorn tapestry series (12-9), the power shown may be power over animals, but actually represents power over most facets of life. To begin, humans since creation have always tried to exert power over nature. The piece, Bull Jumping, is representative of this desire to control nature, whether it is for survival or entertainment. The painting is characterized as three humans jumping over the large bull. The …show more content…
In addition, people have not only desired power over nature in regards to things like taming of beasts of burden and the felling of entire forests for housing, but also power over their fellow man as shown in the mosaic, Good Shepherd. This mosaic maybe attempting to show a benevolent influence on the masses but no single person can be entrusted with this as it has been shown many times before that power corrupts. The painting is characterized as a good shepherd watching over his herd of sheep; portrayed as Jesus having power over his flock. The mosaic style of the Good Shepherd was composed in the vicinity of 425-426AD, located in the Oratory of Galla Placidia, Ravenna, Italy. The Oratory was considered a place of prayer. The architectural style is designed in the lunette, which is in the shape of a half-moon. The painting reflects continuous narrative art. The artwork is encompassed by reiterating the same colors and design. The Good Shepherd is in the middle of the painting, with a halo encircling his head, with a long cross; demonstrating a strong and powerful figure. He is also wearing a robe and sitting in the middle on top of a boulder. There are two groups of sheep that are looking up at the Good Shepherd for guidance and assurance. This artwork is an example of trimpe l’oeil; as the stage area extends above the border area. The Good Shepherd is touching the nose of a sheep, as a symbol of

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