Illusions in Religious Art

 This gallery is a collection of Religious art. It shows the different perspective illusions created by the artist and gives a description of the elements used to create the illusion. 

Description: This piece depicts the construction of The Tower of Babel. The Tower Babel painting use shape and space to create the almost 3D illusion. It appears as if the Tower is going through the clouds and is in the forefront with land and water around and behind it. The principles of design used to create the illusion are proportion and emphasis/focus.
Description: This piece depicts crucifix of Christ with the Virgin and Saints Francis and Agatha. This painting uses dynamic shape and space to create it illusion. Dynamic shape makes the baby angels look as if they are moving or in flight. The pieces uses space to make the crucifix appears in the forefront with the city in the far background. The principle of design used to accomplish the illusion is Proportion.
Description: This piece depicts Madonna (Symbol for Virgin Mary) seated upon a throne. Saints, surround her three children, a scribe and a man with an arrow in his side and a man in the back holding a staff. The elements used to create the illusion in this piece are color, shape, line and space. The colors create the focus and enhance the mood of the piece. The use of space and shape gives the image depth. The circular shape of the arch and line usage makes the arch look deeper than it is. The principles of design used to create the illusion in this piece are symmetry and proportion.
Description: This piece depicts the image of Christ cleansing the Temple of Jerusalem. Christ is whirling a whip in anger. The painting uses lines and colors to create movement. Christ robe is very vibrant and his body is diagonal, making this the focal point of the piece. The piece also uses half-length figures with twisting motions to create the illusion of motion. The principle of design used to accomplish the illusion is movement.
Description: This piece depicts the final Judgment by Christ. The image shows Christ descending onto a hilltop with a bright light around him, while the dead surround him and others awaiting their final judgment. The piece uses space, value and contrast to create its illusion. The uses of space makes the image looks as if it is rising upward on a hill. The use of value and contrast shows the intensity of the light surrounding Christ and to the rising illusion, illuminating certain areas while others remain dark. The principles of design used are emphasis/focus and proportion.
Description: This piece depicts a man being presented to a bishop for exorcism. The bishop exorcises the devil out of the man who is seen flying away. The elements used to create the illusion in this piece are color, space and line. The uses of these elements create depth in the image. The use of black in the buildings creates the illusion of the buildings depth. The principle of design used to create the illusion in this painting is proportion.
Description: This piece depicts the moment that Jesus Christ inspires Matthew to follow him. This painting uses space to create its illusion. The use of space creates an illusion as if the viewer is looking into the distance. The use of space makes Christ look as if he is further away for Matthew and in the distance. The principle of design used in this painting is proportion.
Description: This painting depicts the image of Saint John the Baptist whom is a prominent figure in Christianity. This piece uses texture, color and space to create its illusion. The use of texture and color shows the smoothness of his red cloth he is holding. The yellow around his head shows his divine nature. The texture of the surrounding images show the ruggedness of the terrain, letting the viewer know that he is out in the wilderness. The use of space makes John the Baptist look big in stature; He almost looks like a giant in reference to the trees in the background. This use shows that he is in the front of the trees and they are in the distance behind him. The use of these elements makes John the Baptist the focal point of this painting. The Principles of design used to create the illusion in this piece are emphasis/focus and proportion.
Description: This painting depicts the two female figures that represent Virtue and Nobility. They gaze into each other’s eyes while in the sky. This pieces uses shape and space to create its illusion. The use of dynamic shape gives the illusion of flight. The use of space reinforces the illusion of flight, giving the view the perspective of look up into the sky. The principles of design used in this piece are movement and proportion.
Description: This painting depicts a group of people packed around Christ, behind is Joseph holding the crown of thorns and nails from the cross. The expressions on the faces of the individuals around Jesus show the sadness of the scene. The elements used in this piece to create the illusion are color and space. The use of color emphasizes the mood of the scene, while space creates the illusion of Christ being in the middle of the group and creates the depth in the wall behind them. The principles of design used are proportion and emphasis/focus.
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