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Mystery, trickery, we are all drawn to that aren’t we? This morning we are going to read of a mysterious event in the life of Jesus Christ, that wasn’t at all any form of trickery. We are going to look at some painted images of Jesus, experience His beauty and learn a little more of who this Man was, the Son of God, sent to earth to redeem mankind.
In rich and unparalled visions of Jesus Christ as God and as Man, artists have strived for nearly two millennium to create the perfect image of Jesus Christ. Nowhere was this attempt so strong as in Italy during the Renaissance period.
The word Renaissance is a French word meaning new birth, a name given to the movement in Europe that inspired men to abandon the restraints of the Middle Ages and to develop modern interests, enthusiasm and ideals. Its most noted feature was the Revival of Learning, an awakening of mind and a thirst after the new knowledge. This resulted in numerous investigations of natural events, in a widespread study of art, music and literature and in a broadening of outlook to a degree never before known.
Before the fifteenth century clergymen were the only educated class. They were accepted as authority on all subjects. But in the Renaissance men and women all over Europe began to think for themselves. Many came from the East into Western Europe, bringing literature, arts, and other treasures, after the fall of Constantinople in 1453. They greatly helped in developing the new thirst for knowledge and the appreciation of human interests.
Many well-known artists arose during this period, their works would never be surpassed – Raphael, Di Vinci, Michelangelo, Leonardo, and others including a man named Guido di Pietro who later took the name Giovanni upon entering the Dominican order to become a friar. In Florence during the first half of the fifteenth century, this much loved Tuscan painter devoted much of his time to painting wall murals based on the life and suffering
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