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Art History II Paper - Milano 1 Visual analysis 11th...

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Milano 1 Visual analysis: 11 th Century Crucified Christ, Museum of Fine Arts As I walked across the medieval art gallery, I was drawn into a room towards the west side of the building called the Catalonian Chapel. The room was small. At one end was the doorway at which I entered from, and at the other end the museum exhibited a 12 th Century half dome fresco from Spain. But, the dome, beautifully painted, was not the most beautiful piece in the chapel. On the left, hung a smaller, less architecturally imposing piece, it was a delicately displayed statue of a man hanging with his two arms stretched out in either direction and his body fell straight down beneath him. This man was the universally recognizable artistic portrayal of the crucified Jesus of Nazareth. The piece is labeled by a small plague below the work as an 11 th century depiction of the crucified Christ from Salzburg, Austria. Such an image of the faith of Christianity represents so much history and meaning. But, not only does this piece represent meaning, history and a faith it has very evident artistic characteristics that add to the image which this piece of sculpture represents. Standing in a room intended to look and feel like a chapel, I look up at the piece of sculpture and I could not help myself from envisioning myself in a chapel in the 11 th century, peering over the altar in front of me, high above the floor, to see the statue of Jesus hung so precisely as to peer down at me as I gaze back at him. The museum chose to hang the piece almost six feet above the ground to exhibit the piece just as it was intended to be viewed if it were still in a place of worship. From my vantage point, a small seat close to the ground on the opposite side of the chapel, I view the piece hanging above just as a worshiper in the 11 th century would have, sitting in the front row of the place of worship. The first aspects of the piece that I began to view were the way Jesus’ body was stretched across the wall it hung on. The piece hung so close to the wall resembling a piece of high relief sculpture. On closer inspection, I realized
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Milano 2 that the artist intended for this effect, cutting away a small part of the back of the figure because
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