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Art History Formal Analysis

Art History Formal Analysis - Benjamin Brake Art 151 Art...

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Benjamin Brake Art 151 Art Work Formal Analysis May 20, 2010 Christ on the Cross The work Christ on the Cross is a painted sculpture that was made with gilt copper and inlaid with enamel. It was made in 1185 CE in France. The artist utilizes color as one of the main attributes of the work. He also uses the positioning and expression of Christ to express his ideas and convey the message of the work. With the color of the cross and the form of Christ, I believe that the artist was trying to express an attitude of serenity through chaos that is an important aspect of the Christian faith. The form of Christ is the first element that I will investigate. Christ’s body in the image is slightly contorted and his head is bent to his right. This contortion changes the balance of the work and could hint at some sort of disorder representative of the world or a perceived disorder within Christ. This perception could be representative of what the onlookers may have seen in Christ, just from viewing him upon the cross and not knowing him personally. This positioning is intentional and is also meant to portray suffering and pain. These feelings that Christ went through are very important to the
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