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    Anne”, there is peculiar detail of Mary sitting upon the lap of St. Anne, this is peculiar not because of the action itself but its meaning, which as far we know, which is that there is none. But their placement is intentional, if we look upon St. Anne right arm is obscured by Mary’s, but…

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    considers the details of both Mary and her baby’s garments, where the lines soften to show fluidity in the falling folds of the jewel-tone garment fabrics, another clear indication of Duccio’s work. Using color and light, the artist then draws attention to Mary’s gaze in this painting, by brightening the tone of Mary’s skin on the bridge of her nose and slightly in her cheeks. It’s then that the viewer can see and begin to sense the strong connection, the maternal bond between Mary and her…

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    Byzantine Art Themes

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    closely associated with wooden panel painting (Brooks, p. 1). The many themes found within Byzantine art are, representations of holy people and holy events (Cavarnos, pg. 27). The most common people and events represented are Christ, the Virgin Mary, the biblical story of Salvation and the lives of the saints (Durand, p. 10). Byzantine icons are the most common and more recognized art pieces of…

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    The Madonna Enthroned

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    The Madonna Enthroned painting depicts the Virgin Mary and her child siting on a throne. The picture is unique in that it blends Western and Eastern influences and therefore the author of this work has been the source of much debate (Davies 273). Several aspects of the painting such as the throne, the red shoes and the archangels are typical of Eastern or Byzantine art. “Yet, Jesus gives the Western, not eastern, sign of blessing, and the halos are not the plain burnished disks found in…

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    William James Mysticism

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    absolutely authoritative over the individuals to whom they come. These experiences grant individuals significant revelations. The methods to achieve these mystical experiences are offered in Hindu yoga, Buddhism, Sufism, and Christian orison. As per William James, four characteristics segregate states of consciousness into mystical and non-mystical which are described below in relevance to St.…

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    Gero Crucifix Analysis

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    The “Gero Crucifix” was a grand crucifix commissioned by Archbishop Gero, then denoted to the Cologne Cathedral in Cologne, Germany around 970 (University of Minnesota). This monumental figure towers a total of six feet and two inches in height and made from wood that was then decoratively painted in bright vibrant colors (Cologne Cathedral). The artist name was no given, however it is known that they had carved the sculpture out of wood. This cross is both a representation of a statue and a…

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    St. Margaret Clitherow Middleton is the patron saint of businesswomen. Being a patron saint means they hold a special protection over a group of people. She was raised as a protestant and converted to Roman Catholicism a few years after marriage. The moments leading up to her conversion were because she did not find truth or comfort in the doctrine of the new church. Her husband owned a successful butcher shop in which she helped run. Margaret was put in prison multiple times for harboring…

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    “The Annunciation” by Fra Filippo Lippi is an egg tempera on wood panel painting clearly from the Early Renaissance. The Annunciation of Mary is depicted in this painting with Angel Gabriel, the hand of God, a dove symbolizing the Holy Spirit and Mary. A slightly bowing Mary and Angel Gabriel are in correct proportion in this painting. The form of their bodies is seen underneath the drapery of their clothes creating a naturalistic effect. Rich colors and depth create a three-dimensional effect…

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    marble more than any other sculpture he created to make it extra shiny. The sculpture presents the Virgin Mary holding the deceased body of Christ in her arms after he was put down from the cross, then later was placed inside the tomb. The most common form being sculptured at that time was the Pietas. Michelangelo’s version of Pietas is a lot less…

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    Parmigianino Analysis

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    The painter Parmigianino, in his art piece, Madonna with the long neck, captures a fused narrative that comes from another art piece, “Vision of Saint Jerome”. The piece portrays the virgin Mary holding a young baby Christ. The piece is an oil painting that measures 7 by 4 feet, and was created between the years of 1534 through 1540. Unfortunately the piece was never finished because the artist became deceased. The painting holds eight subjects. From left to right there stands a group of young…

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