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Spirituality vs. St. Jerome by Caravaggio and Vision of the Thrones by Giotto

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Spirituality allows us to understand our capacity for Godliness. Through spirituality, we are able to see how everything we do is connected to God and how it reflects as to who we are and it will follow through in the afterlife in Heaven. Art is one of those subjects that no matter what age somebody is or what time period the art is in, that can be linked to one's thoughts on religion and their views of God. Three pieces of art, _St. Jerome_, painted by Caravaggio, _Vision of the Thrones_ by Giotto, and the San Marco museum in Florence, are three works that show how religion can be seen through art.

_St. Jerome_, by Caravaggio is a painting where the main figure, St. Jerome, is depicted as an old, scrawny, yet wise and holy man. Caravaggio harnessed tenebrism and this is shown by the extreme contrast in light and shadow. This painting is a dark piece, easily seen by the dark shadows, the skull next to St. Jerome, and how St. Jerome looks old, worn, and alone. St. Jerome is shown holding a book and pen, which is actually the bible. He's translating the Hebrew version of the bible into Latin, which opened so many doors to those who were unable to read Hebrew. This allowed those people to access sermons and readings of Christ easily. This painting reflects the school's theme of spirituality and how we should imitate St. Jerome and do something to help others, teaching them the word of the Lord and the goodness of the Lord.

_Vision of the Thrones_, a work by Giotto shows how believing in God and following through with his teachings will bring you happiness and a place in Heaven during the time after death. This painting shows a scene where Francis saw an angel in his early life and later becomes a Saint through prayer to God. Giotto shows more of an evolution in the understanding of perspective, shape and color. During the time that Giotto painted, perspective was not fully understood by painters and they could not find a way to interpret it into their work....