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For this week’s discussion I will be comparing and contrasting The Lamentation, Saint Pantaleimon, Nerezi, Macedonia to The Lamentation by Giotto in the Scrovegni Chapel, in Padua, Italy. They both share a good amount of similarities but when you look closer you can see a lot of differences as well. For example, in The Lamentation, Saint Pantaleimon, Nerezi, Macedonia, one can see the ability to evoke feelings of empathy and even sympathy from the beholders, perfectly capturing the essence of the mourning and overall sadness of the scene. It also features a more definitive sense of emotion as opposed to other works of the era. As one can see, Mary holds Jesus tightly, arms wrapped around the dead body, while the disciple bends over to hold his dead masters hand to his face. The resulting placement of subjects evokes a spatial setting that proves schematic and well thought out.
On the other hand, The Lamentation by Giotto in the Scrovegni Chapel, in Padua, Italy is a fresco showcased and is the most popular lamentation piece created. Like the Lamentation, Saint Pantaleimon, Nerezi, Macedonia it also depicts the mourning of Jesus Christ. Giotto’s lamentation was famous for the fuller, more three-dimensional style of painting. Also, there appears to be a woman who may be Mary Magdalene and she was known to have washed Jesus feet. On the contrast, in Nerezi lamentation there appears to be Joseph of Arimathea and the disciple Nicodemus kneeling at Jesus feet. Behind the gathering crowd in Giotto’s lamentation is a scraggly rock mound. It is sharp, downward line leading to the images focal point to be Mary and Jesus. Whereas in Nerezi lamentation there isn’t any rock mount.
Considering the relative gap between the creation of the two Lamentation pieces, it isn’t surprising to find that there is a huge difference between the two art styles used-where one used a more traditional Byzantine style of flatness while the other utilized a more realistic and natural mode which was at the time, a style of the artist own. Despite being tied to the art style of the Byzantine times then which often featured religious pieces in symmetrical compositions, the image remains asymmetrical as is the common in Lamentation pieces. I suppose the major difference in terms of the subject matter for both images is that there are more characters in Giotto’s piece.

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