The Good Shepherd And The Bebenburg Youth

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Both The Good Shepherd and The Bebenburg Youth are quite small then what they appear on generic white backgrounds. Only about two feet each and almost a thousand years in-between them, they have many concepts in common to their creation, build, and context with some differences in each category. Marble is what the statues are made of, as the hard material was in relative abundance in the Mediterranean area even in ancient times. Bits of paints on the Youth are still present as this would be completely polychromed with pigments to add to the lifelikeness of the statue. Not stated but the Good Shepherd looks like it had color at one point but wore off from years of being weathered. With the texture of the overall statue, the Bebenburg Youth had sheen and a smoothed appearance from that of the muscles and careful sanding down to idealism. The Shepherd has a rougher feel as maybe the artist wanted not to make it like Christ wore fine linen but a rough material like a poor shepherd would actually wear. At this point in early Christian art, Christ is very accessible to the masses as a poor youthful shepherd as most people could identify with shepherds and livestock as both were commonplaces in their simple lives. On the Bebenburg Youth the hair is a bit chunky and stylized than what natural hair acts in real life. The Good Shepherd also suffers the same fate. They both have a case of chunky thick haired ‘fronds’ just placed on their head like a wig. Neither of their

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