The figure representing the Virgin Mary is about life-size and covered in a draped garment. The drapery goes all the way from the head covering to the feet. The head covering seems to merge with the garment to create an unbroken flow of the art piece. One can only see where the head covering ends if one looks at the carving up-close. The artist creates an illusion of an ever flowing consensus of the piece. Just like a stream flowing without any big rocks to disrupt its movement. The right hand is exposed and is across the chest. The left hand, seems to be hidden underneath the garment and is also placed across the chest. This may symbolize grief, like as if Mary is holding her hurting heart in a non-literal way. The face is not directly facing the viewer. The head is slightly leaning to the left, giving a notion of slouching. Like...
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... may not even be able to recognize the Virgin Mary easily, because the artist doesn’t make her very distinguishable from the other female characters around the cross. The Characters seem to just be watching and not reacting to what’s happening in any way. The Virgin Mary doesn’t look like a grieved mother, while the Saint John doesn’t look like someone who is witnessing the persecution of his beloved teacher.
The statues in the context of their placement in the front of the church will be able to convey the intended message to the congregation. Even though they are statues they are not just stagnant and lifeless. The artist is able to bring them to life by using various elements to portray the emotions of both characters. Due to this insertion of emotional characteristics, this may enable the audience to imagine that they too were at the scene of Jesus’ crucifixion.
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