Philadelphia Art Museum Essay

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Philadelphia Art Museum




The exhibit that I viewed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art was one about European Art
between the years 1100-1500. This was a series of paintings, sculptures, architecture, and
tapestry of the Medieval and Early Renaissance as well as objects from the Middle East.
This exhibit was an important part of the history of the Philadelphia Museum of Art
because for the first time, Italian, Spanish, and Northern European paintings from the
John G. Johnson collection were shown. It gave me a good idea of what the paintings were
like in these four centuries and reflected ideas of both the east and the west.

As I walked into the first gallery, I saw a wood sculpture that stood in the center of the
room. This carving depicted "the crucified Christ, flanked by the Virgin Mary and St. John
the Evangelist with Angels holding instruments of the Passion". It was painted oak and
very appealing to the eye. It stood approximately 15 feet in the air. The origin of this
sculpture is unknown, but it was found in a Belgium church. This kind of sculpture usually
stood at the entrance or at the center of the alter in the church facing the congregation.
This image of the suffering Christ relates to the Christian ideas of suffering and
Christ's salvation of all mankind.

As I walked deeper into the gallery, I found myself walking through what looked like a
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