Amare -(Justin Santos)

Amare is the latin word for love. In the Roman Catholic faith, there is no greater symbol for love than that of Jesus Christ on the cross. Throughout history, there have been many different decpitions of this scene. This gallery showcases ten paintings of Jesus Christ on the Cross. Each one of them shows the same scene but each with their own character and style from their respective artists. 

Christ on the Cross by Martini puts on Christ on the cross against a golden rough textured background. The cross is frames with lines that come from the bottom two corners leading to the foot of the cross as well as two lines coming from the top of the cross going to the two ends near the hands of Christ. This helps lead to the subject of this painting. Noticeable in this depiction is the blood coming out of his wounds. The exaggerated streaks of blood show the movement of the blood. This highlights the brutality of this selfless sacrifice.
This painting shows Jesus on the cross again but this time he is not alone. In this painting, there is a lot going on. We can see two angels to his left and right. Aside from the angels, at the foot of the cross, we can see Mary and John. This painting is very symmetric in the sense that there is angels on either side of the cross,and also a person on either side of the foot of the cross. The painting also shows variety as far as principles of design in concerned. There is so much detail in the background that one could zoom into a part of the painting and admire the shapes and lines that are shown. Found in Mary and John are contrasting colors. The yellow and blue combination of Mary and John's green and red robes are both contrasting colors.
This painting shows Jesus on the cross again but now there’s more extras in the painting. We can see the other two prisoners that are being crucified and a crowd below all of them. Comparing these to the images before, this one is the most colorful by far. The colors are so vivid and warm. Lots of reds and yellows are put in while blue is added for contrast. There is also more variety compared to the previous images. Here we can see some of Jesus’ followers, some religious leaders, and even a roman solider. Talking about lines, there are a lot of curved lines throughout the painting except for the actual crosses.
Christ on the Cross by Gerard David paints a picture of Christ on the Cross with a more solemn feel. We see the same image of Jesus on the cross but this time, his face is very peaceful. This tone or feeling is also seen with the way the clouds have been painted in. Deep blues painted softly across the sky give a peaceful atmosphere. Unlike the other paintings where the cross is mostly shown in the center, giving symmetry, this painting frames Jesus perfectly using the rule of thirds. The body of Christ is positioned 1/3 of the way down from the painting and 2/3 from the left of the painting. This uses that technique to let us focus on Jesus as the subject.
Christ on the Cross by Sebastian Lopez de Arteaga shows Jesus on the cross. In this depiction, Jesus is painted against a black background providing a nice contrast between the subject and background. This image of Christ showcases the agony of Jesus on the cross. This is seen by the detailed painting of the face of Jesus. A very sad face is depicited. The head of Christ is even highlighted in this rendition to focus the viewer to it. Another thing to note in this painting is the posture of Christ. His body forms an "S" and shows a lot of curved lines. This makes it look like he is weaker as compared to painting a stiff figure on the cross. This adds to the helplessness of the current condition being shown.
This painting shows Jesus on the cross with the two other prisoners once again to his left and right. There is a big crowd below the three. The first thing I want to comment on is how flat this image looks like as compared to the other paintings. The proportions of the characters in it are wrong. But this is part of the style during that period. The colors on this version of the scene are predominantly earthy colors. The only striking colors here are the golden halos and the red cape.These though, guide the viewer in seeing some of the highlights in this painting. Once again, this painting shows variety. There’s a lot of action going on in the crowd. We can see Mary being consoled. We also see some tax collectors and scribes looking busy.
Of the many paintings in this gallery, this one to me seems like the most lifelike painting. Christ on the cross by Gustave Dore paints a dark image of Jesus on the cross. Painted in a dark hues of brown, flesh, and black together with the overall contast in this painting gives the viewer the sense of the grim fate Jesus went through. His body was painted in the correct proportions and even shows how his weight is pulling on his arms. The painting shows the use of texture to help make the materials look as what they should feel like. In this painting, one can tell flesh from cloth right away. The cloth on Jesus is distinguishable from his flesh. The same is true in the way the cross was textured as oppose the cliff.
Calvary by Antonio Moro paints Jesus Christ on the cross in this image with Mary and John. This painting uses darker shades of paint and deeper sautration of colors. The lines are painted very softly with almost all the lines being curved aside from the cross itself. Jesus' cross divides the painting in two and is somewhat symmetric. Although the man in the right is standing up, balance is achieved by the fact that there is more soil painted in the left side with the lady. The principle of design movement is seen in this image in Jesus' loin cloth. Curves are added to give the illusion that the white piece of cloth is flowing in the wind.
This painting by Jacobello del Fiore shows Jesus on the cross amidst a big crowd of people. In this painting, there are a lot of vibrant colors, most of which are used for the crowd. The painting is symmetric where the cross is positioned in the middle and the elements in the left are also similar to the elements on the right. This painting is a good example of showing variety as the crowd is busy doing different things and the painting has details throughout the image. There is little depth in this painting as everything seems to be flat and in the foreground.
To end this gallery of Christ's death, I chose this painting of the Pieta. We began this gallery with the word love. Indeed we see the love of God in the symbol of the cross. But also with the story of the cross is the mother of christ that had to witness her son's loving sacrifice. In this painting, we still see the cross and we still see Jesus. But this time, we see him in the loving arms of his mother. The deep dark blue dress of Mary provides great contrast to the lifeless wounded body of Jesus. The droplets of blood are painted as a line of droplets that show movement as though blood was still flowing. The most striking part of this painting is in the detail painted on Mary's face. The soft red cheeks and the sad eyes gives this painting so much emotion.
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