The Deposition Art Description

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When painting with oil paint one has the advantage of making any changes they wish to make so long as the paint is still wet (Stoksad, Cothern, 585). Oil pant smoothes out as it dries, this is advantageous as any traces of individual brush strokes are erased on the complete panel of the painting. Oil paint can create an appearance of an internal glow from the painting; this can be achieved by applying the paint in thin layers on the panel (Stoksad, Cothern, 585). It enabled the artist to create and capture jewel-like colors. Once the light reflects on to the painting, it can make it seem as though people are viewing a real-life object. Each individual in the painting has a unique reaction to the death of Jesus.

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Rogiero was able to bring out the intensity of the vast emotions portrayed by the people in the painting. One can see anguish from the woman behind John the evangelist in the painting; she is seen wiping her eyes with the edge of her veil (Stoksad, Cothern, 591). The choice of color used in the painting and the patter Rogiero used enriches his work. The color pallet is diverse bringing focus to items worn by the characters in the painting. There is a rush of wind that is seen through the riffles on the open book placed on the table and the candle flame snuffing. The flame is a symbol of God’s divinity, and the flame of the candle going off symbolizes God taking human form.

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There is also a tiny figure of Jesus Christ carrying a cross as He descends on a ray of light which symbolizes God taking the human form. Mary is seated on the footrest of a long bench in a humble position. Her position symbolizes her submission and accepting to be used by God to fulfill His will (Stoksad, Cothern, 585). The light that reflects on Mary’s lap comes from a transparent glass panel which is intact. The state of the glass symbolizes that Light which is Christ was conceived through a virgin (Stoksad, Cothern, 587). Printed books emerged in the fifteenth century in Europe. Its development came about from the explosion in learning that emerged and the need for faster and cheaper production of books (Stoksad, Cothern, 604).

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