Sacred art has a varying definition according to many different sources. Sacred art is defined by the Catholic Church as “true and beautiful when its form corresponds to its particular vocation: evoking and glorifying, in faith and adoration, the transcendent mystery of God”. Leonardo Da Vinci’s artworks are some of many pieces of art that are praised as ingenious around the world. Many of Leonardo’s works are recognized all over the world, his most famous painting being the ‘Mona Lisa’. Leonardo created several artworks which conveyed religious themes and challenged the viewers to imagine the story of Jesus’ life. Three of Leonardo’s famous artworks include the ‘Annunciation, the ‘Last Supper’ and the ‘Adoration of the Magi’. These three art pieces all have a deep and significant connection through underlying religious themes about God’s relationship with humans, bringing viewers to deeper adoration and appreciation of his plan towards his followers. Many experts seem to debate the authenticity of the ‘Annunciation’ piece to be the work of the Italian Renaissance artist Leonardo Da Vinci, so it has been continually added and removed from the list of artworks said to be painted by Leonardo. Once thought to be the work of Domenico Ghirlandaio, this painting is now generally agreed to be an early work by Leonardo. The enclosed garden is meant to symbolize her virginity. Not much is known about the painting, such as the location of where it was painted. The reason for this being the ambiguity of who actually painted this piece. This painted is located in ‘Galleria degli’, an art gallery in Uffizi, Florence. The reason the ‘Annunciation’ is considered sacred art is because it illustrates a holy moment which is written in the Bible and is glorified by many Christians over the world. ‘The Annunciation’ depicts the moment when the angel Gabriel appears before Mary and informed her of her role in God’s plan. This painting meets the criteria of being ‘sacred art’ is because it depicts an important event in the Bible where the angel Gabriel brought important news to Mary about how God wanted to encompass Mary in his ultimate plan to send his son to earth. The way that this artwork appeals and relates to the spectator is through Mary’s humble mannerisms displayed in the art piece. Mary’s actions remind the viewer that she was just an ordinary peasant woman, whom God chose to bring forth his one and only son. This is shown in the Bible when the angel Gabriel quotes this to Mary, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you. Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High” . This supports the idea that although humans may sin and do wrong, in the eyes of the Lord, humanity is significant. This piece brings Christians closer to God because it reminds them of Jesus’ purity as a miraculously conceived child, highlighting the reason why Jesus is considered to be the Son of God. That is how Leonardo’s artwork the ‘Annunciation’ fulfills its role as a ‘sacred art’ piece.
The ‘Last supper’ is probably the most famous painting by Leonardo Da Vinci excluding the Mona Lisa. The painting is currently located in Convent of Sta. Maria delle Grazie, Milan. ‘Our Lady of Grace’ or Convent of Sta. Maria delle Grazie is a famous Church and a Dominican convent. The ‘Last Supper’ depicts the final days of Jesus as told in all four of the gospels. It illustrates when Jesus informs his disciples that one of them will betray him, the disciples’ reactions somewhat differ from each other because they seem perplexed at what Jesus is saying. The location is set in a dining hall where Jesus and his twelve disciples feasted at what would become Jesus’ last meal, hence the name the ‘Last Supper’ (refer to appendix 2). For approximately 18 years, Leonardo worked for a man named Ludovico...
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