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Demonstrate how art can make contrasting contributions to religious questions.

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Demonstrate how art can make contrasting contributions to religious questions. The Supper at Emmaus was one of Caravaggio later works when he had fully developed his style. Caravaggio was interested in portraying Jesus as a mortal man one reachable by everyone whether they are a priest or a sinner like Caravaggio rather than a supernatural, transcendent being that shines down upon those few good Christians. This painting shows Jesus after the resurrection revealing his identity to two disciples with whom he has spent all day, he does this by breaking the bread as he did at the last supper, it is very much about the power of the resurrection and holy communion . He doesn't paint the conventional Jesus he paint him a little podgy with no beard and a different shaped face and numerous imperfections' as a man with faults. He put Jesus in a dark and dingy room with the company of a common landlord, reaching to the common man which shows us that Caravaggio concerned about his eternal destiny. ...read more.

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Firstly The Supper at Emmaus, it was commissioned by a Roman nobleman and later purchased by a Cardinal. Turner was painting to portray a particular message, a painting for himself and the world. He was much more concerned about aesthetics than Caravaggio and showing the beauty in nature, Gods gift to man. Here he contrasts natures beauty and power, it wrath, possibly showing Gods intervention into mans deeds. Caravaggio's was a church painting one that was seen through conventional ideas of religion though he was challenging the accepted boundaries of religious icons at the same time as many in the Church where involved in the Counter Reformation. But he was still portraying Jesus and religion in the flesh where as Turner shows the spiritual side God's messages through beauty in nature rather than scriptures. Caravaggio's in many ways was still restricted by the conventions of the church; Turner had to answer to no one. It is paradoxical that Caravaggio was painting in the Renaissance at one of the most spiritual ages in history, when life was dominated by spirituality and the Pope still had a significant influence over all aspects of Christian life. ...read more.

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What is the ultimate being and how can it be viewed? How does this power access and communicate with man kind? Turner and Caravaggio, I think, address all these questions turner's art makes a bold statement on religion he was a great pioneer of romanticism and answers all these questions with one answer, nature. He says we see and communicate with the highest being through nature. He says nature is our salvation. And when looking at the true beauty in nature you see his point how can that stupendous beauty be an accident or random it must be in some way sculpted mustn't it. And I think his art shows this more than any other iv seen. Caravaggio's art answers these questions very differently he shows us that man is saved by Jesus and by conventional religion. He says the Christian god is the ultimate being and the closest he can be viewed is Jesus as a man and not as a spiritual being and his communication is through the bible. These are much more conservative answers but Caravaggio's puts them forward to be reachable by the every day man, and in that I think he succeeds. ?? ?? ?? ?? Joe Brann Thursday, 06 March 2008 ...read more.

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