Panama Museum Research Paper

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Panama City, Panama is a country of the arts, from the formal monuments to the informal graffiti found on the walls of the street. While visiting the city, one will find a multitude of the different mediums of art. As we viewed the different art found in the city, the main work of art that came to mind was the Maesta painting by Duccio.

On the second day we traveled to the Panama Viejo. The first site that we looked at was the ruins of the Convento de la Conception. This was the convent for the women of the Sisters of Our Lady of the Conception. Inside of the convent is a memorial to the Virgin Mary that the women would worship. This was the clearest connection to the Maesta as both works of art were used as a shrine to the Virgin Mary. The obvious difference in the art is the medium that they are executed. The Virgin Mary in the Convento de la Conception is a statue of the Virgin while the Maesta, the Virgin is in paint. Another
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In this church is the infamous Golden Altar. After being covered in black paint to hide it from the Pirates, it was rediscovered. Unlike the two previous works of art, the Golden Altar connects with the back of the Maesta. Both the Golden Altar and the Maesta focus on Jesus as the main point. In the middle of both works is a representation of the crucifixion of Christ. A thing to note would be the similarities in the way that they were created. The Golden Altar was built using wood and covered in gold, while in the Maesta, the painting was painted on wood and filled in with gold. Also in the structure of both you can see the pillars with what seems to be windows that each contain a different person or story. Both works of art are viewed in church for the public to see. A difference is that in the Golden Altar, Jesus is the point of view for the audience. In the Maesta, the Virgin Mary is shown to the public at first before the back was allow to be

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