Christianity, The Denial Of Denial

1481 WordsApr 26, 20176 Pages
In modern Christianity, the denial of Jesus Christ by Simon Peter, who later became Saint Peter, can be described as one of the most powerful events of the New Testament. The act is the culmination of Jesus’ prediction to Peter during the Last Supper. In Matthew 26:34 of the Holy Bible, Jesus states to Peter, “this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” To Simon Peter, this seems comical, for Peter feels that he is a devoted disciple, but to the reader it is an eerie moment. His forward knowledge of Peter’s deceit and Jesus’ calm acceptance of the future are contemplative material for the reader. The act of denial only increases the fright, as Simon Peter’s actions fulfill the prophecy and substantiate…show more content…
(Matt. 26:33-28:20) Brugghen focuses on four individuals in the narrative for his painting: Simon Peter, who sitting in the rear upper left in the painting; the maid, who has one arm on a sleeping guard while the other points toward Peter; a sleeping temple guard that is sitting on a log in the right foreground with his head in his lap; and an awaking temple guard, who is lifting himself up off the ground as if he was aroused from sleep. All four surround a brightly lit camp fire in what appears to be a courtyard. In the upper-right background, there is another temple guard escorting Jesus away as a bystander watches. This is an intense and dramatic sequence. Just by observation, you can see that Brugghen took careful consideration of the elements in the story’s environment. He used the fire described in the tale as a device to amplify the suspense. To do this, Brugghen made the dark colors of night that envelop the courtyard contrast the bright light of fire. The brightest of the color palette starts in the center and radiates outward. The intensity fades as the colors move around the subjects. The colors eventually dissipate into a dark background. The result is a warm glow of fire that covers the four individuals like a cloak. The light and shadows created by this fire allow the emotions expressed on the subjects’ faces to not only be seen, but to be pronounced. This effect is concentrated most on the maid and the
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