The Moral Dilemma- Keri Ritenour

This gallery includes representations of the parables of Jesus in paintings. These paintings depict the various ways that artists use color and contrast to gain the viewers attention.

A parable describing a sinner’s life that leads to repentance, the Father’s love of the sinner, the Father’s joy in the sinner’s repentance, and the brother’s murmuring who hates the sinner. Rembrandt depicts the prodigal son's return to his father. His uses rich color and a contrasting dark factor increases the dramatic intensity of the event. The father’s bright red cape contrasts with the son’s ragged garments full of holes and his worn sandals.
A parable about end-time judgment of the good and evil. Bloemaert's use of contrasting color highlights the sleeping individuals and their muscular forms. It also shows depth in the use of contrasting color in the hills beyond.
A parable describing how God expects us to be neighborly to anyone that is in need and we have an opportunity to help. Lastman's use of lighter color of the injured man in comparison to the samaritan's rich clothing centers the focus on the samaritan.
A parable describing how God expects us to be neighborly to anyone that is in need and we have an opportunity to help. Bassono's, like that of Lastman, use of color focuses on the injured man while using darker contrasting color for the samaritan.
A story warning us to prepare for the afterlife as it will determine how we spend eternity. Piombo's painting is highly colorful and contrasting. The use of lighter colors centers attention to Jesus, Lazarus and the woman between them. The faces are clearly emotional.
A story warning us to prepare for the afterlife as it will determine how we spend eternity. Again, Buoninsegna uses highly contrasting colors to place emphasis on Jesus, Lazarus and the woman at his feet.
A story warning us to prepare for the afterlife as it will determine how we spend eternity. Gebhardt also uses highly contrasting colors along with a darkness. You can clearly see the expressions of the people gathered around the scene. Emphasis is placed on Lazarus and Jesus.
A parable comparing how people receive the word of God where some bear no fruit and others much. Van Gogh uses bright and vibrant colors to contrast the sun and sky from the land placing emphasis on the man.
A parable illustrating the joy of God in a lost sinner repenting and being found in God. The painting depicts a high level of detail and natural color transitions that make the people appear very life-like.
A parable illustrating the joy of God in a lost sinner repenting and being found in God. Strozzi created very realistic paintings that had a softness about them. The figure in the middle is clearly being emphasized by the use of a rich red color and then contrasting colors surrounding him.
A parable illustrating the diligence we must have in waiting for the return of Christ. Cornelius uses clearly depicted lines with bright and dark colors that contrast very nicely.
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