Lament And The Dying Gaul Analysis

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When comparing the two art works, Lamentation and the Dying Gaul, there are many similarities and differences. Lamentation is a fresco painting that was painted on the north wall of St. Panteleimon in 1164 AD. St. Panteleimon was a monastery in Nerezi, Macedonia built under the ruling of Alexios Komnenos. Lamentation is a Byzantine art painting that was very stylistic and painterly. The background of this painting is that it represents a non-biblical scene of Mary and her son placed in the foreground. As for the Dying Gaul, it was a Roman copy constructed in marble during the Hellenistic era around 220 BCE. This statue was found in Julius Caesars garden located in Rome. It is said to believe that the artist was Epigonus but the true identity is still unknown Overall, looking at the two art works there are more similarities coming from the emotional impact, the stylization, and form of the main figure that tie them together instead of apart. Looking at the emotional impact, both works make the viewer feel pity for the figures. In Lamentation, there is a strong grieving as the Virgin Mary cradles her son in her lap, as he appears to be lifeless. The impact of being cheek to cheek emits a strong…show more content…
In both art works, they tend to be sprawled out horizontally creating a horizontal line yet seem heavy on one side. The Dying Gaul is unsymmetrical by having his whole torso on one side compared to his legs on the other and Lamentation has many people placed on the right that makes it uneven as well. In Lamentation, Christ is in the center lying as the focal point with strong contour lines around his body. He has highlights and shadows on his body creating depth. In the Dying Gaul, the warrior is the focal point and is also spread out on one leg ready for death. The highlights and shadows come from the indents the artist created making the muscles stand
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