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Art Study Term Paper #2 Deep Waters Art is a tool. Among other uses, it can be applied to convey or arouse emotion, tell a story, cite history, give praise, or simply depict beauty. The debate over what defines art has spanned centuries, and continues today. When compared and contrasted with one another, can two works of art created almost half a millennium apart, one an obvious result of diligent artistic practice and talent, the other a debatable piece of visual simplicity and a possible twisted mind, both share stark similarities in their symbolism which are not immediately apparent at first glance? If visually dissected and analyzed, one will see that Vittore Carpaccio’s “Meditation on the Passion”, and Damien Hirst’s “The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living”, both address the same topic of human mortality and visions of an afterlife, while each drawing the exact opposite conclusion. Vittore Carpaccio was born in Venice, Italy in 1460, and studied under Lassaro Bastiani in his artistic training. Although he emerged during the High Renaissance, a time in which Humanistic art was changing artistic style dramatically, Carpaccio’s work tended to remain relatively conservative, sticking to his love of painting dramatic scenes and intricate, meticulously detailed settings. Instead of accepting the new contemporary trend that was humanism in Renaissance Venice, Carpaccio chose to look back and draw inspiration from medieval art and Early Netherland art. One of his most famous works, now housed in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of art, is his painting “The Meditation on the Passion”, created in the year 1510. Like his previous endeavors, this painting utilized various symbols as well as the art of visual storytelling in order to illustrate the
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aftermath of Jesus’ death and rebirth. It illustrates the aftermath of Jesus’ torture and death (his “passion”), and the somber and meditative reactions of those around him. Christ is depicted as dead lying on a severely damaged thrown, with Job sitting on his left in what seems to be intense meditation, and Saint Jerome on his right, horrified by Jesus’ death. At first glance the painting seems universally somber; a skull lies on the floor next to its jaw, symbolic of the end of Jesus’ preaching days on earth, and a morbidly twisted
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This essay was uploaded on 04/22/2008 for the course ARTHIST 101 taught by Professor Jacobi during the Spring '08 term at NYU.

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