For many centuries, artists throughout the world have aimed to capture and portray a particular theme or subject in accordance to their religious beliefs, personal influences, and mood, or based entirely upon societal influences.The figure of Christ and the manner in which he has been depicted has varied immensely over the years, which is highly indicative of changing social attitudes.
Piero della Francesca's Resurrection of 1463, and Julie Rrap's Christ of 1984, have each depicted a Christ like figure in a way that illustrates their personal beliefs and also reflects the public's stance regarding the depiction of Christ at the time each artwork was completed.The two artworks are significantly different in style and representation, as each artist has selected different media and entirely different approaches and interpretations.These significant differences are mainly due to the eras in which each artwork was produced.Francesca's fresco is a classic product of the Italian Renaissance period, whereas Rrap's piece is indicative of "our changing society and its religious values." (Israel, 1997, p.160).
Francesca composed his piece during the Early Renaissance period at the beginning of the 15th century, where faith in the theoretical foundations of art was highly placed. During this time, many examples of Ancient art were revered as both a source of inspiration and also as a record of trial and error that had the ability to reveal the success of the former great artists. (Pioch, 1996, p.1).
About this time, there was still a set format of how particular Christian figures were perceived to have appeared; hence Francesca has depicted the figure of Christ in the stereo typed perception.Yet he has done so in a manner that fully exemplifies the era he was in, and also indicates his personal interest and success with the use of perspective.Alternatively, Rrap's photomontage Christ has be..