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The Descent Into Hell

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Ron Ramos
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November 12, 2013

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The Descent Into Hell by Duccio is significant as a painting because it shows the symbolic power of Christ over Satan as he sets his forefathers free from Limbo. Being in Purgatory, the souls in this place are sinned cannot move into Heaven, but Christ’s frees them and cleanses them. The technical characteristics of the painting would categorize it as Early Italian Renaissance, but has traces of Byzantine art as seen by the gold shine on Christ's robe. Above Christ’s head is a clear definition of a golden halo and represents his holiness as the son of God. The people painted in the image have shape and proportion underneath the draped clothing giving it a sense of scale and proportion. This is a characteristic that the Southern Italian artists uses due to their interest in the human anatomy. The perspective of the image is flipped up which is an attempt to giving dimension to the figures, but instead the illusion is indicated by stacked figures. Although, the doorway that Christ busted down shows the inner curves which gives the impression of the door’s dimension. By opening the cave, it allows for more space in the painting. The Moneylender and his Wife by Massys depicts a scene of a man occupied on weighing pearls, jewels, and coins on the table in front of him and this action is distracting his wife from reading a book. The two figures are symmetrically framed in the painting focusing the attention to them. Massys discretely paints the religious icon of Madonna and Child in the book that the wife is reading. This represents a sense of religious devotion to what the subjects, and artist, beliefs. The man and wife are wealthy according to their clothing, literal display of money, and the obscure detail of the fruit on the shelf. The clothes they wear are pigments of blue…...

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