Sample Art Essays on Good Shepherd and the Last Judgment Images

Compare and Contrast Good Shepherd and the Last Judgment images

Good Shepherd

Form

The materials and techniques used for this piece of art contrasts with that of the Last Judgment artwork. The mosaic technique used in creating the art was largely accepted in the antique eras. It was considered an expensive method even though it produced the most captivating effects. This technique involves fitting together small pieces of stones and glasses producing a paint-like effect of shadows and a sense of color depth. The use of gold in this piece of art equates to light adding a sense of drama and spiritualism or religious beliefs.

The two artworks share formal elements used to help convey the themes of Christianity and religious beliefs. Both art pieces have a formal color element as blue color has been used to depict heaven that is characterized by happiness and quietness. The forms used in this art are on three dimensions and the shading representing the folds of the robes worn by Christ are less refined. The element of realism has been omitted to focus on the spiritual elements of Christ. The composition of this piece of art entails use of symmetrical shapes with harmonious distribution and balance that is characterized by blue space.

Content

The content carried by the two artworks is not similar. The theme that is intended by the composer is love and care displayed by Christ to his followers. The mosaic art depicts Christ as a shepherd. The shepherd is carrying a golden stick, wearing a purple covering over a golden tunic and carrying a joined Christian cross. This piece of art represents the transition between the natural and classical periods: the unenlightened period. The cultural context of this artwork is the portrayal of care and love that is in store for those who believe. This affirms the notion that there were various benefits that came with believing in Christ.

Style

The piece of art is rooted on the classical period when Christ was considered a sacrificial lamb for the followers. This is supported by the fact that Christ is without beards and can be seen emulating a sitting posture of old philosophers. The robes worn by him are also ancient coverings that symbolize the royal status of Christ as they are covered by imperial purple gold. The artist has perfected the use of representational style of presenting the superiority of Christ by using gold plated robes.

The Last Judgment

Form

This piece of art is a pure painting unlike the Good Shepherd that uses glass and stones to produce paint-like effects. This is a painting piece of art where the upper part represents heaven while the lower part represents earth.

Blue color has been used in the painting to show heaven and creation of space to provide a distinction of heaven and earth.  In particular, heaven is depicted by a cloud of gold to show that those above are holy people. This provides a distinctive view of humans and the holy saints. People can be seen resurrecting in what is portrayed as the earth. Each individual resurrecting is then driven by their own faith in which the evil are punished and the righteous are saved. Salvation is represented by golden gates and blue skies and condemnation represented by a fury fire pit. Unlike Good Shepherd, the composition of the painting depicts carved planes that are organized on horizontal planes with filled figures pushed up not to allow a creation of deep space.

Content

The mood, tone and emotion achieved by this piece of art are diverse and include thankfulness as depicted by those humans who are saved and thus appear happy. For instance, a man can be seen helping a woman who is thanking the judges while another woman who is already at the gates of heaven can be seen looking suspiciously and guiltily. It can be inferred from the painting that the saints are sympathetic to those who are proceeding to the fiery fire pit. This piece of art was commissioned by Nicolas Rolin who was at the time a rich and powerful chancellor to the Duke of Burgundy. This painting was used to show people what would happen to them if they would lack spiritual grace of the saints on the last Day of Judgment.

Style

The style of this art is not similar to Good Shepherd since it is abstract and hence has a hidden message. The period is similar as both depict the ancient Christian era. This art lays emphasis on morality and following teachings that can distinctly provide differences between good and bad. This art makes it easy for followers to read the meaning and the messages that the church intends to pass to them. The subject of Christianity is further established as the art teaches the followers and believers what was likely occur in the second coming of Christ. Early Christian art depicted Christ as the judge and when people resurrected from the dead separation was to be done to ascertain those who could go to paradise and hell.