Art Comparison of Giotto di Bondonne´s Lamentation and Rogier van der Weyden´s Deposition
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Religious Artworks A side-by-side comparison of the two has some immediate differences especially the placement of each individual and the overall sharpness. Giotto di Bondonne utilizes a fresco technique to express his version of the event. Rogier van der Weyden selects oil to paint on wood for his interpretation. Either piece delivers an identical message of religious grief.
Giotto di Bondonne created “Lamentation” circa 1305. This piece depicts Jesus Christ removed from the cross as Mary the Virgin embraces Him. There are two figures in the foreground with their backs facing the audience. Dawning a new style of artwork creating a sense of depth. John the Baptist is seen flailing his arms backwards. Body gestures were stiff and stern in comparison to previous works. Bondonne is an early artist in “the revival of the visual arts” by painting a scene to suggest a story (Richards). For example, angels are captured flying in the distance watching the people care for the deceased Jesus Christ. They grieve in unison with the crowd down below. Bondonne successfully creates a feeling of three dimensions by including a cluster of people on the far left tucked away in the corner. The mass of people gathered around to offer praise for His ultimate sacrifice.
Rogier van der Weyden produced the “Deposition” circa 1435. This work of art falls in to the religion matrix because Jesus Christ is in the central focus with a cross in the background. Weyden painted the entourage with