The Perspective of Mythology and Religion | Richard Weeks

In this art gallery I will describe the visual perspective, and actions of each main characters behind the subject of Greek mythologies, and Christian beliefs from each piece. The gallery will also describe the visual details of each painting by color, and texture using visual terms. This will give a clear thought observation of what each painting represents from each artist.

This piece is a picture of Jesus Christ on the cross with Mary, John and, and Catherine. It was created by, Marco Pino around 1575 CE. The colors that are included in the picture are red, blue, green, and white; all vividly detailed by the usage of blended texture of other colors and shading. Jesus Christ body is lying on the cross in a lifeless motion showing that He is no longer alive; Mary is looking up towards Jesus in despair with her left hand reaching out to his body as if she was reaching out of the painting. While John is looking out the picture as if he was looking at the viewer, his left hand is also reaching out, while his right hand is touching his own body. Both Mary and John are showing in this image different gestures. Catherine who is at the most front right of the picture looking up at Jesus with her hands together as if she was praying. Her left is also is carrying flowers. All three of them are show to have halo like objects on the top of their heads, this is may show in the image that they are saints. There is also a Skull bone at the bottom of the cross to show death. This artwork overall is shows symmetrical balance, repetition of both Mary and Catherine looking towards Christ, and the proportion of all three bodies in the image.
In this artwork, Jesus is standing with his hands out walking towards a nude woman. This woman’s hands are also out in front of her towards Christ showing repetition in the image. The texture and colors show brightness where Jesus is at, and darkness where the rest of the non-living is, to show sort of an asymmetrical balance within the artwork.
An artwork by Hendrick Goltizius, it shows Adam and Eve sitting next to each other under a tree eating an apple. It is believed to show the biblical event of Adam and Eve eating the apple of good and evil, an event where sin was brought into the world. The artwork is very detailed with lifelike colors of human skin; the gesture between both Adam and Eve shows a sense of love for each other. On the top of Eves head shows a serpent with a face of a human girl, and also a black and white lamb, which may be an emphasis from the artist to show good and evil. The overall balance shows to be asymmetrical, due to the display of Eve and Adam as the main focus of this piece.
This piece shows Adam and eve standing next to each other in the opposite side of the tree. This version of the painting shows Eve facing Adam giving her apple to him in a different gesture compared to the last image. The color is detailed, showing shading and color blending to bring out the body structure of both individuals, and the artwork is symmetrically balanced. The painting also shows some repetition between Eve and Adam by how there head it tilted to each other and how their bodies are curved.
In this image shows Hercules next to a bull that he has killed, it also shows an unknown man and a woman giving Hercules and flower like object. The colors in this piece are less detailed, but it has enough to show the difference between everything in the artwork. The man is facing Hercules in a kneeling position, while both the woman and Hercules have their heads facing down towards the item. The artist may have wanted that item to be the main focus of the image. The balance of this piece can be either symmetrical or asymmetrical depending of what a person’s focus is.
This piece shows Hercules and two other characters in the sky, with a bird like creature on the bottom left side of the painting. Hercules body is positioned as if he is taking a leap in the sky, you can see this by his right leg pointing outward and his left leg is inward. The colors in this piece is very detailed, focusing on the blending techniques of the skin and the texture and shading that is used in the clothing of the other figures represented. The two figures could be represented as Gods by the figure on the left of Hercules has wings, and the figure on the right has a shield and spear, and they are holding Hercules as well. The balance of the painting could be represented as symmetrical, due to the focus of each character are roughly the same and there are no differences in the details of each figure.
The Anger of Achilles shows a high usage of the color red in this painting. Hector’s robe has a variety of texture and shading details, while Achilles robes also shows the same details as well. Both characters are facing each other; Hector’s right hand seems to point at a downward motion while Achilles is reaching for his weapon, showing his gesture that he is angry. The two women in the background show the gesture of sadness as one woman has her hands to her body and her head is facing down, while the woman who looks to be represented as a queen is looking at Achilles with a sad expression shown on her face. The overall painting is very vivid and detailed with excellent shading and color blending techniques. The Balance of this artwork is asymmetrical as the main focuses are Achilles and Hector.
In this piece Apollo and Diana are attacking the people of Niobe, you see a woman facing the sky at the gods with her right hand towards Apollo as a gesture to block, or to stop Apollo’s pursuit of attack. The balance of this artwork is asymmetrical as you see the focus is on the Gods and the main woman standing, and also the colors are dark and detailed to represent darkness or death. There is a sense of repetition as you see bodies of people on the ground to show aftermath from the wrath of the Gods. The sky and clouds is very darkish colored to represent what going on in this image.
The Triumph of David shows a parade like event of David walking while holding a stick that has Goliath’s head impaled on it. There are people looking at the head, and others raising their hands showing repetition. This painting has a vanishing point as you can see how there are people to represent this technique by their placement in the far background of the structure. The artwork shows various colors, textures and shading techniques and the balance of this painting is symmetrical, even though the main focus is David walking showing his achievement, the details that are surrounded in this image are too great to not pay attention to.
The Last Supper has an image that represents in the Bible of Jesus and His disciples last supper before Christ is crucified. Jesus is represented to be at the middle of the table with a white light above His head, while raising his right finger towards the sky. His disciples are looking in Jesus direction showing shock and sadness. This piece shows repetition in a sense that his disciples are facing in his direction showing the same gestures. The only difference is there is a person lying on the table next to Christ as if he fainted when Jesus told everyone the news. The balance of this artwork is symmetrical based on the details of the other characters and the structure of the “engaged columns” throughout the image. The texture and depth of each of the characters clothing are very well blended and shaded to give a sense of realism in this image. The colors of the clothing are also bright on certain characters too; this is most likely to show the importance of each figure.
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