Messages from Heaven - Daniel D'Souza

This gallery contains European Religious artworks from the Renaissance/High Renaissance period. This gallery showcases artworks from artists that were from countries like Italy, Germany, Spain, etc. In addition, all of these artworks portray a religious theme. During this period of time, the theme of religion was a big trend in art. Artists such as; Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci, etc. were responsible for some of the greatest artworks to ever exist. This collection of artworks serves the purpose of showcasing these qualities, which made the Renaissance era one of the greatest era's in terms of artistic works. 

This specific piece of artwork outlines two of Jesus' Apostles. These Apostles were two of Jesus' closest followers. After His ascension into heaven, Peter and Paul continued to spread the word. This artwork shows them together as they embark on their journey with the Bible in their hands. The halo's around their head indicates their holiness. One can notice the emphasis around these two holy individuals. The religious theme was a big topic during the Renaissance. Lastly, one can notice how the colors of Saint Peter and Paul's blue and black clothing is analogous to the rest of the painting. All the other colors are complementary. In addition to the religious theme, Masalino (the artist) created this piece in Rome.
In this artwork you can also see the religious theme. The painting depicts Saint Ignatius of Loyola's vision of the God. He is kneeling while God and the angels look down upon him. Secondly, one can observe the color differential between heaven and earth. The vibrance of the colors in heaven in contrast with the dull and darker colors on earth. The value in color was used to show the detail in the clothing folds. Shading was used to add detail to the clothing and the body. Proportion was also used to show the depth between the foreground and the background. Domenico Zampieri is an Italian artist who painted this piece in 1622.
The theme of heaven was a large aspect of the High Renaissance era. In this piece of art, one can observe Mother Mary standing in the foreground, guarding and watching over heaven and earth. The religious theme is evident though the image of the saints, angels, and Mary. The color scheme used is analogous which provides the feeling of happyness and calmness. Like many of the high renaissance artworks, the use of forced perspective was used to provide depth and create a 3-D environment. Therefore, the clouds all get smaller as the height converges to the "focus point" in the center. This is a traditional european artwork that displays exquisite detail in colour and saturation. Proportion is used to provide the realism quality. Lastly, one can observe the smooth curved lines which provide the picture with the calm/relaxed feeling. It was created by Placido Costanzi in Italy during 1730.
In this painting, one can observe angels sitting on a cloud. They are looking up at the light which comes from God. Through the collection there has been a pattern in which all these painting used clouds to signify heaven. The focus in this painting is directed towards the angels who each have clothing that is analogous and contrasts with the background. The High Renaissance period was all about detail. This can be observed through the detail in the anatomy of the bodies and muscles. In addition, color value was used to signify that the light of heaven is shining on the angels from the top right of the painting. In addition, at the left it is dark, which signifies the difference between heaven and hell. The angels are emphasized in this painting as their size puts them at the foreground of this painting. It was created by Simon Vouet in 1625. The lines are blurred and it provides the hazy perception of heaven that one might see in a dream.
As the title suggests, this photo depicts Mother Mary with Jesus and St. John. Baby Jesus is sitting on Mary's lap while John is by the baby. Color value/shading was used to detail the anatomy of the body. The lines/shapes are very natural and organic to give the realism aspect. The halo's indicate the holy presence. Like the other paintings, the religious motif plays a factor in the theme of this collection. Giulio Romano was the Italian artist who painted this artwork during the Renaissance. One other aspect that is evident is the detail in the lines for the hairs of the lamb. The lamb is significant and in a religious perspective it could represent the lamb of God.
Here is another painting from the High Renaissance period. In this picture, Mother Mary is holding the infant Jesus in her arms. The artist, Raphael, was one of the defining artists of this era. His innovative and detailed work paved the way into the history of art. In this images, Mary is holding baby Jesus in her arms. A principle of design that Raphael used in this painting was balance. More specifically, he used the concept of symmetry. Although the artwork is not perfectly symmetrical, one can observe that there are even aspects on both halves of the picture; such as the candles and two children standing on either side. One formal element that is persistent through the collection, is the attention to detail in terms of colour value. The different tones and shades are used to identify the textures, definition, and depth. Raphael is one of the greatest Italian artists to ever live and he created this piece in 1513.
This piece of art is another depiction of Mother Mary holding Jesus. This piece was created between 1450-1499, which was during the Renaissance period. You can still see the religious influence in this art. Even though it was created in Italy, the artist is unknown. This piece showcases the formal element of texture. The ridges and the borders are created in a physical texture/design. The image of Jesus and Mary contrast in color from the rest of this piece. The portrait of Mother Mary and Jesus was a popular topic throughout the Renaissance period and is evident through this collection. This allows the focus to be fixed onto Mary and Jesus. One thing that differentiates this piece from the others is it's tetriadic use of color.
To continue with the theme of this collection, here is another religious artwork. This piece depicts St. Francis in the Desert. He is standing outside on a mountain looking over the land. This painting was created by the Italian artist, Giovanni Bellini. It was created in 1480 during the Renaissance period. The detail in the brush stroke is exquisite. However, you can see how there is a lack in depth when compared to the art in the High Renaissance period. The colors used are very soft and dull and they are all cohesive in this painting. The color value is used to create textures within the rock formation, grass, clothing, etc. Proportion was used to create a sense of depth between the foreground, mid, and background.
In 1560, Ecce Homo painted a picture of Jesus with cloak, reed, and crown of thorns. This depicts when Jesus was being condemned for crucifiction. This Italian painting was created in 1560 during the Renaissance. The size of Jesus makes him the main focus point. In addition, his robe contrasts with the painting and stands out in the picture. The formal element of space is demonstrated within this painting from the foreground and the background. The dark backdrop represents the negative space while Jesus represents the positive space. This picture has an analogous color scheme.
This last piece of artwork is from the High Renaissance era. The Italian artist, Raphael, painted this religious piece in which Mother Mary and Jesus stand above all the angels and saints in Heaven. From this painting you can see the line detail that went into Mary and Jesus. Color value and saturation is used to provide rich tones and texture. This allows Mary, Jesus, and the others to stand out in the picture.
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