Compare and contrast Art Work from the Met to Stockstad
The two artworks; the Crucifixion with Saints and a Donor and the Lamentation of Christ are two artworks that are from very close moments. The Crucifixion with Saints and a Donor is the moment that Jesus was crucified on the cross. There were those who were mourning immediately after Jesus’ death. The Lamentation of Christ is also about people mourning over the death of Jesus. This, however, happens later. About the time, He was laid in the tomb. Those are the historical moments of the two artworks. In this paper, I will argue that every artist has where they have drawn their attention to despite a similar environment. I will do so by discussing the different perception each has and the different imaginative abilities humans have.
A field illustration is easier to explain about different perceptions. To achieve this, a scenario where one takes different artists in a particular place would explain best. All artists should go to the place at the same time. Assuming the artists draw and paint, they should be asked to draw and paint whatever they saw in the environment they were. The surprising fact is that there are no any two artists will have similar artworks. Assuming our venue was an open field, it is possible to find images such as; an image of the grass, another of the skies, another drawing their fellow artists among others. Sometimes it even becomes difficult to convince an individual who was at the venue, which all the artists were in a similar venue at the same time.
The above illustration shows how different people have different perceptions about a similar thing. Different things draw our attention. In the case of the two paintings, the period was the same. However, one of our artist’s attentions was caught by the death of Jesus on the cross while the other one’s focus was more on when He lay in the tomb. The similarity in both is that it was a mourning season. Actually in both, they have captured some people mourning over the death of Jesus. It is evident that the two artists were talking about the same season, but how they bring it out could almost make one think that the happenings were independent rather than subsequent.
To understand about the different imaginations people have, looking at different modes of presentation of the same kind of work helps. For instance, in a class setup when the lecturer gives an assignment and asks to have it by a specific date, there will be different modes of the presentation of the assignment. Some students may choose to handwrite their assignment, others may choose to type and print theirs, others type and send it through the lecturer’s email and there are also those who may choose to present their work to the lecturer and have their marks awarded. The content of the assignment will also differ from student to student depending on their research despite the assignment being similar to all.
It is the same scenario that is represented by the two artists. The common thing in the two artworks is the passed message. The message is that Jesus died and that there are those who mourned His death. The passing of the message of the death and the mourning of His death is the similarity in both paintings. The contrast comes up in how they have presented as it is quite different. Andrea Mantegna represents his work as tempera on converse. On the other hand, Joos Van Cleve’s painting was of oil on wood.
Each artistic work has a message that it carries. However, it is possible to find two or more artists communicating the same message. They have a different view of the same. As people have different personalities, it is the same way people have different views. Art representation also shows how people view life differently. The occurrences are the same but how each person views the occurrences is different from perspective.
Why we should care
The reason we should care is to appreciate the beauty of art. Art is beautiful to the eyes. But that is not the reason we appreciate it. We appreciate the message that the artwork carries. So having one message communicated in different channels is vital. In case somebody missed the message from one piece of art, it is quite difficult to miss the same in the different piece. The difference is that one would lose the detail in the work. For instance, if one only gets the message from the two artists, they will understand that Jesus died, and there were people who mourned His death. They will, however, miss the point of the sequence of the occurrence; where He was crucified and died before He lay in a tomb.
Picture 1: The Crucifixion with Saints and a Donor
Picture 2: The Lamentation over the Dead Christ