year 1500 AD, Michelangelo Buonarotti completed what is said to be one
of his most highly finished works, Pieta. He apparently was so pleased with
that's it's the only piece he ever actually signed.
I have always been attracted to the Mother and Child subject,
particularly when portrayed as a 'Madonna and child' or when a piece
conjures up feelings this age old subject.
Obviously two of the most important times in the life of Jesus Christ,
His birth and His death, the later which I have finally chosen to
paint, after Michelangelo's Pieta.
In Pieta, the Virgin Mary's youthful appearance can be attributed to
the fact that the viewer is actually looking at an image of Mary
holding the baby Jesus. Mary's youthful appearance and apparently
serene facial expression, coupled with the position of the arms could
suggest that she is seeing her child, while the viewer is seeing an
image of the future. As a parent, this is the explanation that appeals
most to me, although there are other theories as to why Michelangelo
chose to do this.
Agapé means "love" in modern day Greek. In biblical literature, its
meaning and usage is illustrated by self-sacrificing, giving love to
all--both friend and enemy.
I have chosen to name the painting Agapé so as not to lament the death
of Christ, but to celebrate his sacrifice and to reflect upon what was
was gained more so than lost.
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