Christian Paintings Analyzed: Botticelli and De Champaigne Analytical Essay by Nicky

Christian Paintings Analyzed: Botticelli and De Champaigne
Describes and analyzes Botticelli's "Madonna and Child with an Angel" and De Champaigne's "The Christ of Derision".
# 148216 | 1,845 words | 0 sources | 2011 | US
Published on Sep 28, 2011 in Religion and Theology (Christianity) , Art (Painting)

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First, the paper examines Sandro Botticelli's "Madonna and Child with an Angel", done in the classic Early Renaissance style, which is a deceptively simplistic tempera painting on a small wooden panel. It is not known, the author concludes, if Botticelli was emphasizing this maternal relationship or if the redemptive values of the Child and the Scriptures is the meaning of the painting. The second painting the paper presents, is Phillippe de Champaigne's "The Christ of Derision", a French Baroque oil on canvas showing Christ wearing his crown of thorns thus demonstrating the human suspicion and cruelty that led to Christ's suffering.

From the Paper:

"The painting's border is circular, giving an unusually restricted frame to the image, which is almost completely taken up by the dark-blue clad figure of the Madonna. Her left hand, placed in the foreground on the Child's chest, is at the direct center of the painting, which is almost certainly no accident. This suggests that the underlying message of the work is not something that is limited to religion, but rather extends to each and every human life--the bond between a mother and child. Everything else in the painting radiates out from this central image; even the Child's arms reaching out about the Madonna's neck."

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