Art History Essay

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Duccio: The Temptation of Christ on the Mountain Giotto: The Epiphany Pietro Lorenzetti: The Crucifixion From 1308-11 in 14th Century Northern Europe, Duccio painted the Maesta, which means Majesty. It is a double-sided altarpiece in the Siena Cathedral. A few paintings that the Maesta consisted of were: Madonna and Child, which shows the life of Madonna and Christ, Entry into Jerusalem which shows Christ entering into Jerusalem on the Sunday before his death as people great him by throwing their cloaks on the ground and breaking off branches of the tree and waving them which represents Palm Sunday and The Temptation of Christ of Christ on the Mountain. Satan tempted and gave Christ three tests. The first was the temptation of making bread out of stones. This occurred in the desert where Christ was fasting for forty days and forty nights. This challenge was used in order to make Jesus use his godly powers for human satisfaction. However, Jesus refuses this and tells the devil that “man cannot live on bread alone.” The second attempt that the devil tried was taking Christ to a high pinnacle of the temple and tempting him to hurl himself and put his life in the hands of God. Jesus refuses and tells the devil that God should not be tested. The third attempt, depicted in Duccio’s painting located in the Frick Collection shows the devil taking Christ to the top of the mountain. Using the technique tempera, painting using egg yolk, Duccio portrays the devil showing Christ all the lands of the Earth. He then promises Christ the entire land if he bowed down to him. Duccio depicts Christ rejecting and dismissing the devil. The two angels depicted behind Christ were later painted to show that good is stronger. Looking closely at the devils figure and face, he gives of a creepy tendency. His face is scratched up. He is a darkish gray color. Jesus’ robe is

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