Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Giotto, "Noli me tangere,"

         The "Noli me tangere"("touch me not") was painted by Giotto in1305. It was painted on damp plaster walls, better known as a fresco, and was located in the Arena Chapel, in Padua, Italy. Giotto's frescoes were the first since the Roman period represented human forms suggesting weight and roundness. From 1050 to 1200, church construction was very popular in the Roman Catholic faith. The interesting thing about romanesque art's history is that most art was about Christ's ascension, and sculptures taught religious doctrine by translating them into stories for those who were illiterate, but paintings too told stories. Like Giotto's "Noli me tangere", it tells a story about Mary and Jesus. Based on the painting, the seated angel on the right points to the kneeling Mary Magdalene, who in turn is on her knees with her arms outstretched to Christ who twists away from her, his right arm and hand appearing to push her away, as if he were saying “touch me not".

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