Greek Orthodox Church

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My journey to find the right museum or church, lead me to the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church of Long Beach. I felt like this church might have more significance then a series of similar works displayed in a museum. My intentions were to find a good example of the gold stylistic trend that the Byzantine style has adopted. This motif, whether it is used to bring the imagery out from the background, or to show wealth, has a intellectual and psychological reaction and is only one of the many characteristics to Byzantine art. This church had just enough gold to make it only an element, which is exactly what I wanted, so I would not feel overwhelmed from the ...

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alter, which I personally took a picture of (located above). They are various times in the life of Mary Magdalene and, The Lord and Savor, Jesus Christ’s life. In comparison I have chosen Madonna and Child Enthroned by artist Giotto, from 1310 painted on a panel.
The church might have reasons or not to why the six panels are located where they are. One reason they might be present here and not any other place in the church is because they represent important events of Mary, the birth of Jesus and Jesus’ and are important parts of history. The second reason for their possible presence stems in the luminosity of gold and how psychologically our eyes are drawn to its magnificence. The gold, not only gives depth to the figures illustrated, but also is such a strong and luminous feature in that sector of the room. If seated towards the speaker your eyes could easily establish a focal point if to them in front of the entry between the panels. Then again they could just be there to ...

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Added: 3/30/2011 12:34:24 AM
Submitted By: royalsolomo
Category: Religion
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