Analysis of Various Paintings

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In the painting the artist uses an idealized Mary, in which she looks like the women of the norm during the fifteenth-century, by receding her hair line to her upper forehead. The hands are overlapping the child to show us that Mary is picking up her son and pulling him to her cheek. Mary makes a clear indication that her son is christ by her slight tilt of the head towards her son. The lack of space in the twelve by nine inches really emphasizes the intimacy between mother and child. The artist uses of the same dull white-grey color on both Mary and her child to establish another mother-son relationship. The oil on wood painting gives a smooth texture to the overall composition.

In Guido Reni’s Saint Joseph and the Christ Child, Reni gives a similar feeling of intimacy and calmness plus an element of awe-inspire divinity. However, achieves this through chiaroscuro, a vibrant color pallet, more space, and iconography. upon looking at the thirty-five by twenty eight inch, oil on canvas, painting the artist gives a very direct effect of holy divinity. He accomplishes this with the use of light and shadow, or chiaroscuro, by placing the light source out of the painting and having the ray of light come into the top left corner and fall upon Joseph as he picks up baby christ. Shadows from Joseph’s…
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