Even though Death is all a part of life, it’s really a difficult thing to find in the art world. If it is dealing with death the most common idea to find is the scenarios dealing with dramatic times in history. No matter the day and age there is always the idea of death when it comes to the idea of the human body. When it came down to the pre renaissance era this was the point in time where it was very complex to find the idea of death. Most of pre renaissance artwork had to do with religion. I tried to stir away from religion but that main suggestion that I came across that had to deal with death was the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. That’s when I discovered the painting The Crucifixion. The Crucifixion artist is unknown. The time of the painting is circa 1170. In this painting it involved a main person of interest who is said to be Jesus Christ being crucified on a cross. There are two people on the side of him. The person on the left is said to be stabbing him with a lance while the person on the right is offering a sponge soaked in vinegar. The person on the far left is Mary and on the opposite side of her is Saint John and those two are said to be mourning Jesus’ death. The semi circles rights besides the arms of the cross are Life; the one on the left personified as a young woman and the right is death appearing as a demon. It isn’t certain what the bottom and the top of the painting represents, maybe heaven and hell? As far as the human body is on the real and the anatomical features it fails to give an Idea of the human body in depth but an idea nonetheless. The painting in general is very proportional and in a way the people are proportional as a whole to the center; Jesus Christ. The main body part that seems to alwa... ... middle of paper ... ...nings behind them and that’s what this painting renders. The modern time painting is another interesting outlook of death transcending from bright colors to darkness, exceedingly imaginative To sum up, in different times in history when it comes to art the idea of death is always present. Whether it is from the time in history in which they are talking about religion or just moral meanings of life. The first painting The Crucifixion showed the idea of death religious wise but didn’t have a precise anatomical feature of the human body. The second painting the Death and the Maiden illustrated the advancement of the human body. The modern painting Someday Soon emphasized how in time how far artists have come in figuring out the human body and how it was taken even further to an abstract. All in all, the idea of death is always present when it comes to the human body.
People say the mind is a very complex thing. The mind gives people different interpretations of events and situations. A person state of mind can lead to a death of another person. As we all know death is all around us in movies, plays, and stories. The best stories that survive throughout time involve death in one form or another. For example, William Shakespeare is considered as one of the greatest writers in literary history known for having written a lot of stories concerning death like Macbeth or Julius Caesar. The topic of death in stories keeps people intrigued and on the edge of their seats. Edgar Allan Poe wrote two compelling stories that deal with death “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Raven.” In “The
In his Crucifixion, with the Virgin and Saint John the Evangelist Mourning (c.1460), a piece within the Northern Renaissance collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Rogier van der Weyden portrays a stark image of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The right panel of the diptych depicts the gruesome image of a crucified Christ. Weight pulls the emaciated body down into a Y-shape, contrasting the T-shape of the cross it is mounted on. The only movement comes from the loincloth wrapped around Christ’s waist that dances in the wind. Blood visibly trickles from the corpse’s wounds. Behind the body, a red cloth is draped down the grey wall. At the base of the cross sits a skull and bone. The left panel portrays the Virgin Mary swooning in despair as Saint John attempts to support her weight. Her hands are clasped in prayer as she gazes up at her lifeless son. Both figures are clothed in pale draping robes. The vibrant red of the cloth that hangs from the grey wall in the background contrasts the subdued colors of the
Throughout the course of Mosaics I, there were a number of books read that displayed the theme of death. Many of these texts also displayed many other themes other than death. However, the theme of death is an interesting theme since it is displayed differently in many of the texts. Even though death may be looked at as something that is bad or sad, it can mean much more than that. The Epic of Gilgamesh, The Sons, The Trials of Socrates, The Holy Bible and The Daodejing of Laozi are all texts that show the theme of death. Each one of these texts expresses the theme of death in a contrasting way.
When Andrea Mantegna (1431-1506) make this canvas , now very well know like "Lamentation over the dead Christ" as properly called this work between 1470 and 1480, produced a revolution in the history of art: A painting- from the quattrocento- was no longer simply a flat surface before the spectator, now this it gives the impression of entering the reality inside the environment, and it is represented together with the bold use of foreshortening and the renowned virtuosity of the painter with the prospect. According to video on You Tube: “The son of Mantegna called it The Foreshortened Christ” (Khan).
Death is a topic that is often not discussed in the western culture. When the topic of death
The understanding of anatomy and physiology today deaden without the knowledge from the Renaissance period. Let’s take a short step to look at what is the Renaissance? Based on historians, Renaissance means rebirth because “it [is] believed that the human spirit [has] to be reawakened as it [is] in the classical (Greco-Roman) times” (The Renaissance). During this time, the new conception of human emerges as individualism which means a man can create his own destiny, and humanism where “humans are the center of the universe” (The Renaissance). With their free will and the motion in seeking personal fame, artists engage themselves in learning the structure of the human body to make their works more lifelike. With such knowledge, they build the foundation for the understanding of anatomy today. Of the many art works during this period, the Dead Christ by Andrea Mantegna has greatly contributed to this foundation of anatomy with its perspective depiction technique, understanding and knowledge of the body through Christ figure.
Death is such a common them it is found in most stories. For example in Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Masque of the Red Death” the quote “And darkness and decay and the red death held illimitable power over all”(Poe) talks about the unknowing power that deaths holds over all of us. We can not avoid death because it is everywhere. Likewise in The Night Circus there are several cases of death such as Hector’s,“…better known as Prospero the Enchanter entertainer and stage magician of great renown, died of heart failure in his home on the fifteenth of March”(Morgenstern). This selection shows that even the most talented of people cannot avoid the
Death is the occurrence that everybody has to face; it is very traumatic experience that we are trying understand and art helps to process our feelings. In our Western society everybody is scared even thinking about death and everybody takes all measures to avoid dealing with dead, we all try to achieve the immortal life and the eternity.
All around the world we as human live very different lives. There are countless different cultures, religions, and ideologies. History has proven the vast contrast two civilizations can have. There is however one thing every person from any nation, race, or class have in common. From whatever background you come, we as humans will one day face death. It is said that death is the great equalizer. Even if you are of the highest esteem and are buried abounding in wealth, you are still bones in the ground. Death does not discriminate against any human, despite race, nationality, religion, sex, or even age. It is because of this, that death has often intrigued many
Death can be defined in many different ways. From use as a social connotation, to the cultural differences in meaning, the word death has been changed and morphed from generation to generation. Death can be an awkward topic of discussion for some, but it is a natural process of life. The word death means much more to an individual or a group than its definition meaning. I think that death can be interpreted differently by many individuals.
As all humans are well aware death is inevitable. Human cultures and death have always been closely knit together. Varying between location, time, and struggles you may notice societies adopt and update their cultures and as these cultures change it sometimes if reflected by how a civilization honors their dead. In fact, the way a civilization’s way of honoring their dead is very important to historians and archeologists as they help put together pieces regarding religion, the civilizations stance on mortality, art style and tell stories that can further clarify history. The topic of death is an extremely broad subject having many confusing and sometimes hard to notice difference that are hard to distinguish. An example of this might be Greek
Death is inevitable. As mortal souls, we know that we will be condemned to death. Although, we will never know when it approaches. Death is devious, agonizing, fearful, and inescapable, it is the very thing that can send chills down our spine that makes us cringe. Many of us fear death, because of the things we hear of it or the mental images associated with someone on their death bed suffering in pain. But someone of us has acknowledged that there is no escaping it, and we go into the game knowing what to expect. Over the course of the semester, we’ve read different literary works, in them, we were confronted with characters who had to deal with death, some of whom took their own lives, some who faced their death without fear, and some who have wished for death but did not die. These characters include; Antigone and Haimon, in the play Antigone by Sophocles, Socrates in the Apology by Plato, and Julius Caesar and Brutus in the play Julius Caesar by Shakespeare.