Colors Of Adoration Analysis

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Aryan Izadi
Arts 2C
26 February, 2014
Colors of Adoration
When it comes to art, first thing that comes to our mind is the beauty of it; the realism, the story, the scale, or even sometimes the frame work. But what really brings all of these elements is one simple word, hue (color), with which you are able to play around with in order of changing the story and the drama of the art piece. Everybody is able to paint or draw, but the main key is how to play around with the colors in order to grab the attention of the audience.
When you enter the early European gallery of the Cantor Center, most of the artwork lookalike, because they mostly have the same color theme and the same story follow-up. But once you look deeper and actually get closer to the walls, you could find a triptych private devotional imagery named “The Adoration of the Holy Child”, presenting the Virgin with saints and angels. The size of this artwork is no larger than 20” x 20”. This artwork is unique in many ways, mainly the sizing, because this is one of the very few triptych artworks that are created with such size for personal purposes. This piece belongs to the Circle of Bonafacio Bembo which is family of painters with the name of Bembo from Cremona, the picturesque town located in the Northern Italy; Giovannit Bembo, Bonafacio, Benedetto, and Ambrosio. Bonafacio was involved with the dukes of Milan, region overlords, and many more and because of all these involvements, his art became the most famous of the Bembo brotherhood. The only unknown fact about this triptych is the commissioner of it. It could’ve been commissioned by a cleric or layperson.
Adoration of the Holy Child belongs to the 1460s and it’s an exquisite little alterpiece painted using Tempera on p...

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...e main colors that pop out are yellow and red which relate to the main story. The side panels and other colors are there just to mainly fill up the space and give this piece a little bit of a background story.
If we were about to compare this piece to a different artwork that was done during the same era, we could talk about Hugo van der Goes and the Portinari Altarpiece, c-1473-78 . In Hugo’s version of the Adoration, we can see the same elements such as the Child, the Virgin Mary, Angels, and many more. The only noticeable difference would be the choice of colors which is slightly different. In Hugo’s version we don’t see too much red, but we do see a lot of blue and that is because blue represents the Christ when it comes to colors in Bible. So now we can say that colors do make a big different, it’s not all about the artwork, but the choice of colors as well.

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