angels of the Renaissance Murphy sheppard

Throughout history, angels have been depicted in several different ways through sculptures, paintings and in song. Angels have been known as the messengers of God that have been viewed as humans, whether children or adults with wings and long robes. Sometimes they are seen as innocent while other times as warriors. In this exhibit, I would like to show how angels were viewed in the Renaissance by the use of color and contrast.

The Fall of the Rebel Angels depicts a battle between the Archangel Micheal and his angels versus the fallen angels as foretold in Revelations 12:3. The use of color in this piece is a perfect way of showing the sides in the battle. Using lighter colors to show the angels and darker, more aggressive colors showing the fallen angels. The way that this battle looks so lively is the artist great use of contrast by using the light and dark colors in such a way that it makes then pop off the material.
In this painting, the faces of the characters almost look the same. Having the same expression throughout the painting and even some of the same shading and color. The colors used in this piece are not to bold but not to muted either. The use of blue in the sky and the dress are wisely used in creating some contrast and depth to the piece. The way that the sky is darker in the background and the other colors in the piece are more brighter. The way that Lotto used the bright white in the undershirt under the green dress shows how his use of bright and muted colors blend seamlessly together.
Madonna, better known as the virgin Mary, is shown here looking at her young son while angels create music around them. The use of color in this piece uses a lot of darker colors. From the dark blues in the cloak and choir book to the dark reds in Mary's shirt and the wings of two of the angels. In this painting, all the faces and bodies are pale. The way that he uses the hair of the person to separate the paleness of her face from the light blue of the sky is a great use of color. The use of depth is also evident in this piece, the way that the angels in the front look much closer than the angels above even though it is on a flat canvas.
Ever wondered if you had a guardian angel? This piece is a man being consulted by his guardian angel. Though this piece is in black and grey, there is a great use of shading and color. The use of shading in the wings and clothing of the angel help that part of the piece stand out and draws your eye to the angel. Through his use of contrast, the artist makes the figured in this piece almost come alive. The use of shading and bolding out the outline of the their hair, as well as the other outlines of their figures.
The baptism of Christ is a pillar of the religious community. Baptism is a sacred act. The use of rich colors and the way that the piece is lite symbolizes new life. The use of bright pinks and greens help enrich the environment all around the figures. Notice all the angels that are in this piece. There are three that are easily visible around Christ, but there are 5 that are above him looking down on the holy ceremony.
The worship of the five wounds. The five wounds that Christ endured on that fateful day. The use of color in this piece is very bright. When most think about the wounds of Christ, it isn't a happy thought. The mood in this painting is happy though. The second coming of Christ is supposed to be a grand entrance and a sight of awe. The middle of this painting has such vibrant colors of red, pink and gold. The light blue of the angels almost blends into the sky but you can still clearly see the outline of the angels. The use of colors in the crowd are also fairly vibrant showing the assortment of the crowd, being kings and important figures of the time.
This piece shows how important the virgin Mary was to God and the angels as they crown her. The use of shading and depth in this piece. From the shading on baby Jesus to the pale, grey sky, this piece helps bring the virgin to the front. The angels above are masterfully colored and the light shading on the wings makes then more life like.
This piece is a representation of St. Luke painting the virgin Mary as she holds her son Jesus. The use of colors in this piece help bring out the characters in a realistic way. The warm colors of red, blue and gold help bring out the important parts of the painting. The use of the many different colors in the wings of the angels shows that angels can look how we believe they do. The use of contrast and depth in the piece makes it look like the architecture is in three dimension, even though it is a flat surface.
There are many different ways of portraying an angel. This is one of the ways, through the image of children. This painting doesn't have much in color but that doesn't stop it from being bold. The colors in this piece being red, cream, white and black make the image speak more for itself instead of by colors. One of the greatest parts of this piece is the contrast. The difference between the cream and the heavy blacks help make the little angels the center and main focus of the piece.
In this painting, we are shown that Christ was not alone in the wilderness. He was accompanied by a lot of angels. This painting is full of color. From the strong saturation in the clothing of Jesus to the overwhelming use of contrast in the background, this painting is covered in bright and dark colors that only add to this masterpiece. The darkness of the trees that help accentuate the cloudy sky and the darkness of the robe of Jesus helps the purple blouse pop off the canvas.
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