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Lorenzetti, Presentation of Jesus in the Temple

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Renea feet see in florence and we're looking at Ambrogio Lorenzetti z' presentation in the temple now Ambrogio Lorenzetti was one of two brothers the other was Pietro Lorenzetti and they were both students of the great early Sienese master duo this is one of Ambrosia Lords at his most important paintings and it tells the story early in the New Testament narrative of Christ being brought to the temple to be circumcised this is the moment when Simeon is presenting price to the temple and Anna the seer is recognizing Christ as the Redeemer and points him out what I find so interesting is that whereas Christ is so often represented as all-knowing even as an infant here he really looks like an infant he's putting his fingers in his mouth it's hard to miss the beautiful emphasis on architecture and this is something that Umberto often emphasizes look at the Gothic characteristics of this church this panel was originally intended for the duomo in siena and so it would itself have been in this great Gothic environment that look at the way in which we look back towards the apse through this nave there's all this fabulous emphasis on these vaguely Corinthian columns and lots of paint on the ceiling for instance we can see a Christ in a mandorla with angels we can see ribbed vaults which actually have painted gold stars against a blue ground very much like we would expect to see in a 14th century church and we have an illusion of space if we look down at the floor we see diagonal lines that appear to recede into space although this is not correct use of linear feedback it's not but it is an attempt to create a sense of recession just look at the capitals in the way they allow our eye to move back slowly but it deliberately into space as one space opens up into another and there is mystery and drama and what's so interesting is that we see this wonderful trans historical representation of Christ this ancient figure in a modern gothic environment wonderfully lighting the past the present so in some way that would have made a CNS person in the 1300s really be able to relate to what was going on here I think that that's right making this ancient scene immediate