Virgin And Child Icon Analysis

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lips. In traditional Egypt, the statues and monuments were considered a bridge between the divine gods and regular people. Fig. 1-3 Virgin and Child Icon- Vladimir Virgin (early 12th century) tempera on wood, 30” x 21” The Byzantine era is the continuation of the Roman Empire and as we, all know they were influenced by the Greeks. Around the 11th century “the clergy began to display icons in hierarchical order Christ, the Theotokos, John the Baptist and other saints” (Kleiner 279). The Virgin and Child Icon is tempera on wood, 30x21 inches. The virgin and her child have been an inseparable part of Russian history and its people. Many Russians claim and believed of miraculous interventions and favors received from the Virgin Mary due the…show more content…
The sculptures and paint show details how society viewed and interpreted women body, sexuality, and maternity. In addition, revealed that these women were protected from threats around them with ornaments. Civilizations since early times, believed that we were in permanent threat from forces we do not see or cannot explain and because of it, we protected ourselves with artificial elements in a form of jewelry, crowns or caps. This idea has been continue from one generation to the next to the point that in modern societies some of us still use this type of protection in our bodies (e.g., small cross, divine images, tattoos, etc.).These pieces of art also indicate that humans believed in gods with superpowers and they are looking over us constantly. Humanity also believes in dark forces or demons trying to makes us do things that would upset the good gods. Some of the differences between these sculptures and paint are the material in which each one of them were created. The first figure, the Woman of Willendorf was carved in limestone, the second piece, the portrait of Queen Tiye was carved in wood and the last piece, the Virgin and Child Icon was created of tempera on a wood. You can also notice how the details on their faces and bodies changes throughout the time and years. The woman of Willendorf figurine offers details of a voluptuous nude women’s body but there is not face, or feet. Queen Tiye statue shows the face of a woman in detail closed to the gods but without any body parts and lastly The Virgin and Child Icon, is an expression of divinity of the views, reflections and beliefs from the gospel. Because communities started to innovate on the art of carving and painting, populations began to discover and/or create art with the objective of expressing different purposes of our daily lives, such as the beauty of a woman’s body, or to commemorate an ancient
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