Five color, Giotto uses bright yellows and golds to

Five Formal
Elements

           

Regarding
the line, Giotto uses curving lines in the foreground where the five prominent
figures are featured, mourning the crucifixion of Christ. The heavy lines
of the figures of Mary Magdalene, Mary,
and Christ complement the thin lines of
the angelic figures in the background.

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            Regarding color,
Giotto uses bright yellows and golds to show the haloes. The masses who are
being kept back by Mary Magdalene are rendered
in darker shades, which lends more importance to the scene of mourning in the
foreground. Those who surround Christ are
painted in bright pastels, which point to their significance to the
life, death, and resurrection of Christ.

            Texturally,
since the painting is a fresco, presumably it has a sense of depth and realism
because of the wet plaster technique used in this technique, and its size lends it a sense of overwhelming realism.
However, as the internet picture has no texture, it is indeterminate.

            Regarding form, Giotto achieves a sense of
three-dimensionality with his rendering of the rippling of the figures’ clothes, which also lends a sense
of motion. The fuller forms in the foreground are mourning the loss of the
Savior, and this is shoby Giotto’s use of
light and shadow, especially on the faces of the six notable figures.

 Regarding space, Giotto divides the painting into the
heavenly and earthly by painting figures larger
in the foreground and painting the angels in the background smaller.  Giotto’s use of the jagged wall divides foreground from background. 

 

Three Aesthetic Responses

            This is an
inspiring painting because it depicts iconic figures who would have surrounded
Christ after his crucifixion. The supernatural angelic realm can only be seen
by the observer and gives the viewer some idea of how important this event was
historical to all humanity. It is larger than life and shows that a painting of a
timeless event can endure the effects of
time. Also, the art is meaningful beyond measure because of its context Christ
after the Crucifixion and that this miraculous event signified the birth of one
of the world’s most influential religions. I believe this painting has lasting
value, especially to Christians. It has lasting value because of its significance as a historical work
of an era of Medieval Art.