Women and Spirituality in the Creative Works of Two Eras Analytical Essay by Nicky

Women and Spirituality in the Creative Works of Two Eras
An analysis of the themes of women and spirituality in Albrecht Drurer's painting, "The Four Apostles", Janssens van Ceulen's painting, "Arthur Capel, 1st Baron Capel, and his Family" and Amelia Lanyer's work, "Eve's Apology in Defense of Women".
# 149497 | 732 words | 1 source | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Dec 19, 2011 in Art (Painting) , Literature (General) , Women Studies (Women and Society)

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The paper provides a comparison between Durer's "The Four Apostles" with Janssens van Ceulen's "Arthur Capel, 1st Baron Capel and his Family" and Lanyer's "Eve's Apology in Defense of Women" that suggests that themes of women and spirituality in art and literature had many similarities in both the Middle Ages and the Renaissance era. The paper highlights the symbolism contained in these works and how they convey similar ideas about holiness and the treatment of women.

From the Paper:

"Carefully painted by renowned artist Albrecht Drurer, The Four Apostles uses vivid colors and a smooth texture to augment this intriguing painting on two panels. Drurer breaks up the apostles into groups of two, with one in the foreground and the other peering at a Bible held by the former. Careful not to portray them as having idle hands, Drurer's apostles pairs are heavily engaged with their Bibles. John and Peter appear to be studying out of their Bible, and Drurer's light and shadow is used to illuminate the Bible almost completely, while Peter is encased in much shadow, suggesting it is the Bible--not the apostolic conduit, that is of most importance in the portrait. In the right panel, light again illuminates the closed Bible, and Mark and Paul, although not locked in a stare, appear to be discussing the material in a studious manner. A user of sumbols, Drurer not only uses light to suggest the importance of the Bible, but also pairs each apostle with his or her key symbol, used to alert readers as to which apostle is which.
"Compared to Drurer's work, which was painted at the end of the Middle Ages, van Ceulen's family portrait, a late renaissance work, uses considerably more light, bathing the family in brightness, which suggests a lighthearted theme. Like Druer's portrait, however, the position of those pictured is quite important."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Lanyer, Amelia. "Evel's Apology in Defense of Women." CharleyYoung's.com 1611. 17 July 2009. <http://www.charlesyoungs.com/evesapology.html>

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