Stylistic Analysis of Saint Catherine of Siena in prayer

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“Stylistic Analysis of Saint Catherine of Siena in prayer” Susan Christian AHST 1304 Dr. Goode 10/18/2011 DESCRIPTION: The title of the work is “Saint Catherine of Siena in prayer.” The artist of this painting is Cristofano Allori. The date of the creation is 1612. It is oil on canvas. It has a height of 17.8 inches and a width of 13 inches. The subject is of Saint Catherine of Siena praying fervently to God. I. FORMAL ANALYSIS: ELEMENTS a. SHAPE: This work is interesting in that the objects of focus, such as Saint Catherine and the little sculpture of Jesus are almost entirely organic in shape. The human hand
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of Saint Catherine is organic, along with the figure of Jesus’s body. However, the objects that are not so much in focus are more geometric. The Bible has a rectangular shape along with the table it sits on top of. In addition, the books in the foreground are rectangles, and the beads on her rosary are circles. b. LINE: The vertical lines in this work are the edges of the table she prays on and the side of the little cross. The horizontal lines are prominent in the top of the table and many of her books. Both of these lines give an effect of harshness, jaggedness, and an austerity that relates to the theme of the painting. The diagonal lines and mainly in her arms, which have her hands clasped in prayer. In addition, her Bible is propped up in a diagonal line. These lines show direction towards the figure of Jesus and the singular action of the painting: prayer. The angular lines, which are two lines meeting, are also seen in the joint between her upper arm and her lower arm, the side of the book against the table, the carved front of the table, and the perpendicular angle of the books. Along with this, the curvilinear, or curved lines, are seen in the curve of the skull, the roundness or her hand and fingers, the shapeliness of her face (including her
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