When observing art at a museum, the paintings are typically accompanied with text labels that describe when the art was created, who it was made by and other details about the size and medium for the observer to better understand the artwork. However, since in a chapel artwork is not merely there for observance it also serves a religious purpose of storytelling, having labels would detract from the emotional connection that the presence of the art evokes in the chapel. The lack of text for instance, allows the viewer to focus on what the purpose of the painting is and what story it tells. Viewing the paintings and sculptures in a chapel instead of a museum brings to life the teachings of Christianity since when the mass is taking place, the verbal message by the priest is supported by textual evidence in the bible and finally visually by the paintings that surround the chapel. However when there is no service taking place the artwork does not serve its intended purpose the visitor feels lost. ...
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... the mission is both a museum and a chapel the experiences of both of these settings are completely different. As someone who is not catholic, being in the chapel while it was not in service was confusing and the museum was far more enlightening. However, it is completely understandable why there is a lack of presence of labels throughout the chapel, as it is a religious and pious environment and the labels would distract from that environment. Even though there is a clear divide between how the art is appreciated in different settings, most of the art in museums today was in chapels at one point, how does the value of the art changes as its setting changes? Art is open to critique in museums but it is appreciated for what it is in a chapel or religious setting so would changing the setting make a difference in the critique paintings and sculptures receive as well?
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