Mythology is the study and interpretation of often sacred tales or fables of a culture known as 'myths' or the collection of such stories which usually deal with the human condition, good and evil, human origins, life and death, the afterlife, and the gods. Myths express the beliefs and values about these subjects held by a certain culture. Ancient History Encyclopedia
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01 Works, RELIGIOUS ART - Interpretation of the Bible! by the Old Masters, With Footnotes - 81
Sienese School, Circa 1570
MADONNA AND CHILD WITH SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST AND SAINT CATHERINE OF SIENA
Oil on canvas
29 1/4 by 22 7/8 in.; 74.3 by 58.1 cm.
The Madonna and Child or The Virgin and
Child is often the name of a work
of art which shows the Virgin Mary and the Child Jesus. The word Madonna means
"My Lady" in Italian. Artworks of the Christ Child and his mother
Mary are part of the Roman Catholic tradition in many parts of the world
including Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, South America and the Philippines.
Paintings known as icons are also an important tradition of the Orthodox Church
and often show the Mary and the Christ Child. They are found particularly in
Eastern Europe, Russia, Egypt, the Middle East and India. More on The Madonna and Child
John the Baptist (sometimes called John in the
Wilderness; also referred to as the Angel of the Desert) was the subject of at least eight paintings by the Italian Baroque
artist Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571–1610).
of John the Baptist is told in the Gospels. John was the cousin of Jesus, and
his calling was to prepare the way for the coming of the Messiah. He lived in
the wilderness of Judea between Jerusalem and the Dead Sea, "his raiment
of camel's hair, and a leather girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts
and wild honey." He baptised Jesus in the Jordan.
According to the Bible, King Herod's daughter Salome requested
Saint John the Baptist's beheading. She was prompted by her mother, Herodias,
who sought revenge, because the prophet had condemned her incestuous marriage
to Herod. More John the Baptist
Saint Catherine of Siena, T.O.S.D. (March 25, 1347 in Siena
– April 29, 1380 in Rome), was a
tertiary of the Dominican Order and a Scholastic philosopher and theologian.
She also worked to bring the papacy of Gregory XI back to Rome from its
displacement in France and to establish peace among the Italian city-states.
Since 18 June 1939, she is one of the two patron saints of Italy, together with
St. Francis of Assisi. On 3 October 1970, she was proclaimed a Doctor of the
Church by Pope Paul VI, and on 1 October 1999, Pope John Paul II named her as
one of the six patron saints of Europe, together with Benedict of Nursia,
Saints Cyril and Methodius, Bridget of Sweden and Edith Stein. More on Saint Catherine of Siena
The Sienese School of
painting flourished in Siena, Italy between the 13th and 15th centuries and for
a time rivaled Florence. Its most important representatives include Duccio,
whose work shows Byzantine influence; his pupil Simone Martini; Pietro and
Ambrogio Lorenzetti; Domenico and Taddeo di Bartolo; Sassetta and Matteo di
Giovanni. Unlike the naturalistic Florentine art, there is a mystical streak in
Sienese art. The economic and political decline of Siena by the 16th century,
and its eventual subjugation by Florence, largely checked the development of
Sienese painting, although it also meant that a good proportion of Sienese
works in churches and public buildings were not discarded or destroyed by new
paintings or rebuilding. More on The Sienese School
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