Elias; The one before he who saves (Rosheika Soto) 

This collection of art will focuses on the short life of the christian prophet John the Baptist. I have selected pieces of art that highlights his story. John the Baptist was the prophet who foretold the coming of Jesus Christ. He was famously quoted as saying, “I baptize you with water for repentance. but after me comes one who is more powerful than I,…” I chose the title “Elias; The one before he who saves” because the prophets of the Old Testament foretold of the one who comes before the Messiah calling him Elias. 

In this picture you see the virgin Mary and the baby Jesus. In the far left corner John the baptist looks up to the child of Mary. The artist emphasizes importance by placing him higher than John.
This image also depicts the relationship between Elizabeth, Mary, Jesus and John. In this sculpture the extended limbs and bending at the waist of the characters depicted gives the dynamic illusion of movement and playful behavior between John and Jesus. It also shows their close relationship. I notice as well the height difference between the two almost to symbolic represent who came first and ultimately who goes forth in the gospel first.
I chose this oil on canvas paintings that further tells the story of John and Jesus relationship, but also because of the lines.This is also a great representation of proportion. The artist has created a horizon line that is hidden behind the stone wall but you are still able to see the mountains what looks to building in the distance. I enjoyed the concentration in color as well. The boldness of the blue and red demonstrate Mary's importance. The lines of the fabric the characters are wearing creates an illusion of drapery and heavy garments.
In this sculpture of John the Baptist in his youth, visually you can see the skill of the artist. He manages to turn marble into a cloth like illusion by creating a draping effect. In the face of the sculpture he captures the realism of natural facial expressions and a slight smile. the artist is extremely attentive to detail as the proportion to animal and human appears to be well executed.
This is another great depiction of realism. Painted to represent John in the wilderness, the artist manages to complete this effect through the layering of color, different shapes of the cloth and also the direction the light is flowing into the image. The colors carry weight to them almost like a burden. The proportion of the character appears to be successful and the position he has placed his subject gives a sense of movement. The subject appears to be tired.
This is a representation of shape I believe because it feels like a still life image.The painting shows John preaching his message of repentance and the opposition. It is also a well executed depiction of realism the movement of the hands of the older gentleman suggests that he may be challenging what is being said in the moment. This dynamic and illusion of movement makes the painting come alive and the viewer feel they are in the action of the scene.
This image is very serene. This is the baptism of jesus and as the holy spirit was descending from heaven and God calling Jesus his son. The clothing I noticed is less stylized and minimal muting out the background by using darker colors and emphasis in the foreground with bright skin tones and the red cloth for symbolism.
this image is one of the last recorded accounts of John when he was imprisioned for what he was teaching to the Jews during that time. I chose this image because of the proportion. I believe this image displays the beginning of an understanding of depth of field. the artist shows a man off in the distance while he places emphasis on John by placing him higher and closest to the center of the painting. He also attempts realism with the characters by exhibiting expressions of remorse and sorrow.
This painting depicts the finale of John the Baptist's life. He was behead at the request of the queen. She wanted his plate on a platter for her birthday.
This oil painting is saturated with color emotion and expression all after the beheading of John the baptist. The colors the artists uses creates the mood for what has happen. The expression of the people seems excited, shocked and indifferent.
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