"Holy Glory" is the English title of my theme. This gallery shows representation of religion in paintings. There is a strong hispanic feel within the gallery. The rhythm and variety transcend though the artwork.
In The Miracle of the Little Spring the story of when Juan Diego brought the Bishop Zumarraga to the spot of where his first apparition of the Virgin of Guadalupe and she appears to them is depicted. In this magisterial painting the figures are spread out through variety in the entirety of the painting.
Separating the painting into two parts, at the top of the painting the eternal father is placing the finishing touches on a cloth with the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe that is being held up by three angels. On the bottom part of the painting you see Juan Diego making his offering of the roses to the eternal father.
The artist beautifully does the dynamic illusion of movement that is represented in this incredible piece of art. The three dimensional space that is depicted is breath taking. The Archangel Michael is on the upper left side of the artwork looking directly at the viewer, and then we see Saint Cajetan balance out the artwork.
The virgin is in the center of the painting giving the viewer a clear site of the dividing line between political powers. The rhythm of the painting organizes a certain feeling of movement. The way the composition is broken up the viewer is given variety throughout the entire piece of artwork.
Joseph and Mary about to become husband and wife; Joseph holding a flowering staff in his left hand which the Holy Spirit hovers over inform of a dove. This giving the indication that Joseph was chosen to marry Mary. The three dimensional techniques brings out the glory of the angels hovering above both Joseph and Mary.
The artwork is separated into two parts. The upper part is occupied by God the Father and the Holy Ghost, in the form of a dove somewhat hovering over Saint Joseph, who is holding infant Jesus. The variety of movement going on throughout the entire work of art is engaging to the viewers’ eye.
The artist uses fluent brushwork like used in the XVIIIth century neo-Hispanic baroque style. The painting is filled with smoothly blended colors that soften the dramatic brutality that was to be depicted. The artist depicts an archangel holding up Jesus, who is dressed in only a woolen cloth. The shaft of light descending in the upper left hand corner highlights a group of angels mopping up the sacred liquid.
Mary is in the center of the painting protect the child Christ with her right foot from the six headed beast. Saint Michael is on the left side of the painting defeating the beast to depict that the divine being is more superior. Contrast gives a dynamic range and highlights the importance with the artwork.
In the center of the painting the Virgin of Guadalupe is what the artist wanted the viewers to focus on; to the revealing of the Virgin by the movement of the angels who are opening what seems like to be a curtain. When looking at all of the eye lines that the artist created for us the viewer it leads back to the portrait of The Virgin of Guadalupe.
In the center of the painting the Heart of Christ is depicted and given so much detail, with the crown of thorns and the cross inserted in the upper part the artist clearly wanted to give us the impression of pain. Saint John and Mary Magdalene are comforting the Virgin Mary beneath the Heart of Christ. The medallions on each side are devotees of the Sacred Heart. The rhythm is what carries throughout the entirety of this magisterial work of art.
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