Noli me Tangre

7:00 AM

Giotto, Noli me Tangre, 1305

I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. -- Philippians 3:10-12 

The border and the actual painting seem to coincide with each other. Like the animal scolding her cubs, Jesus is not reprimanding,  but almost telling the awakened disciple to stay.  The disciple that is reaching towards Jesus resembles the cubs in the frame by reaching out to the bigger animal. Giotto carries on the same color scheme from the painting into the frame. Even into the smaller image, it does not seem to stand out. However, it does add a sense of comparison to the painting.

The horizon is pretty bleak in terms of vegetation. The trees are not blooming, nor have any sort of branches. As the eye travels forward there is more life. Especially surrounding Jesus, who is the only sense of life besides the actual people. Also, the sky is a darker shade, which creates a more somber mood. There is a harsh diagonal line that points to Jesus, as do the angel's wing, and the blue encasing the right side of the painting.

Notice how the two angels, the awakened disciple and Jesus are the only figures with a halo. It really depicts a believer sort of mentality. In this case seeing is believing, which shows through the certain halos.

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