The Hues of Religion - Darrell Ray

A brief showcase of paintings that utilize various values and intensities of different hues as the main tool for conveying the emotional content within the strong religious depictions. Oftentimes, religious paintings strike each individual in a specific way. With this gallery, I will attempt to display a few of the illustrations that struck me the most; simply with the colors that were incorporated throughout. 

Christ Cleansing the Temple- In this depiction, the main focus is clearly on Jesus as his garments are the only bold colors in the painting. This is likely meant to convey his divinity. All other persons in the picture are almost stone-like in their skin color and positioning but, upon closer inspection, we can see that those who are touching or interacting with Christ, are also imbued with more natural hues of skin color. Striking.
Christ Carrying the Cross - In this painting, we see Jesus and his gentile embrace of the cross he will eventually be crucified on. He clutches it as if it has significant importance beyond that of what will come to pass. The intensity of color on the cross and Christ's robe are bright in comparison to his pale skin, which is further highlighted by the white of the moon just behind his head.
Flagellation of Christ - The imminent brutality toward Christ is on full display here. We see a couple of soldiers wielding various weapons, while other soldiers attempt to control the crowds. in this depiction, Christ is the only figure who isn't illustrated with glamorous color; even his skin is pale in comparison to the rest of the crowd. This is likely meant to display his frail figure and fragile disposition at this stage of the crucifixion.
Ascension - In this painting, we see the ascension of Christ, to the Heavens, following his resurrection. He is clearly the focus of the image as the line structure leads the viewer to focus on him. The color intensity also implies this, as we can see that he is much more vivid. The red robe that he was covered with after his body was removed from the cross, remains draped over the disciple at his feet, and even it's color intensity dwarfs that of others in the image, slightly more-so than even Jesus. Perhaps this is meant to further convey his ascension following his resurrection from death, which the robe symbolizes.
The Death of Samson - With this illustration, we see the destruction caused my Samson with his breaking of the pillars as well as his resulting death. The painting is fairly dim and this is likely due to the subject matter which is heavily detailing a scene of death for all depicted. The image is still striking though as we can see Samson toppling the pillars as those fall beneath him.
The Entombment - In this illustration, we see the flaccid body of the deceased Jesus. We see the pale of his skin demonstrating his lifeless body but, what is also of note is that of the pale skin of Mary, who holds him; all others depicted are illustrated with more natural and lifelike hues. This could simply be a representation of Mary's sadness at the death of her son or it could signify something more.
The Last Supper - All colors are vivid in this depiction; perhaps to signify the last, incrementally jovial, moment right before Judas' betrayal and the beginning of the end for Jesus. It is a telling and bittersweet image with several dark undertones throughout.
The Holy Family - In this first illustration of the Holy Family, Mary raises a transparent veil from the infant Jesus as he first awakens and begins to start playing with it. The value of hues displayed in this painting are fairly dark, but the intensity is strong throughout. The purpose for this is likely due to what this particular illustration also represents. The infant Jesus reaching to play with the transparent veil symbolizes the burial shroud he will later be buried in, following his early death by crucifixion.
The Holy Family - In this 2nd depiction of the Holy Family, we see a much lighter tone throughout. The value and intensity of all hues are bright and strong and the viewer feels a sense of jubilation at the purity and intimacy of the image. A very telling image of the initial happiness at the birth of Christ, which can easily give way to a feeling of sadness for what is to ultimately happen to him. A bittersweet image, indeed.
Christ and the Adulteress - This depiction is dim overall as is the material illustrated. We see a woman caught in the act of committing adultery, brought to Jesus for judgment as he begins to kneel down to write in the sand before uttering the famous words "let he who is without sin, cast the first stone." While the colors are less intense in this image, it's dimness isn't without intentional purpose and it's dramatically displayed.
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