The 's Expulsion Of Adam And Eve From Eden

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Humanity as depicted by artists reflects the values of a society. Different ages have held different perspectives on humanity. These varying perspectives are displayed through the creation of each artist, writer, and composer. An era is described by what is produced in it; therefore, the ideas about humanity displayed in each piece of artwork are the same ideas that shaped a particular era. By examining components of the various pieces produced in an era, one can determine the majority view of humanity during that time and trace the shifts in society’s perspective. As time has progressed, art transformed from having specific moral meaning to having purely subjective meaning. During the Renaissance, art focused on biblical scenes portraying Christian ideals. While this is nothing unusual, it is key in determining what values people in that era appreciated. The theme that begins to emerge in the early Renaissance is the psychological state of the people depicted. Masaccio’s Expulsion of Adam and Eve from Eden is one of the earlier examples. The couple is clearly distraught and ashamed of their sin as they trudge out of the garden. Brunelleschi and Ghiberti also follow this idea in their works by the same name, The Sacrifice of Isaac. Both sculptors’ characters convey varying emotions of this sacrifice through position and expression. Masaccio’s The Holy Trinity depicts the pain and agony at the cross with an emphasis on Jesus instead of Mary. Donatello’s sculptures of
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