Saturday, February 21, 2009

Rhetorical Analysis- Visual Art

Emil Nolde, The Last Supper, 1909, Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen.

~WATCO: What are the consequences of connecting with Jesus Christ and the Last Supper (painting) on an individuals well being?
Enthymeme (Claim): Identifying with this art will give a greater appreciation and awareness for what Jesus Christ has done for mankind.
Assumption (Reason): Because of His love, we must encompass Him. Our love will grow so that our lives will be happy, giving followers of Christ a purpose of life.

~Audience: The audience is infants, children, teenagers, adults, and seniors of all ages and cultures.

~Goal: Nolde's goal in the painting is bring the old culture to current times and connect it with the new ways and traditions of its time. Its purpose is to reach out to the viewer so that they can identify themselves with the painting and event that is taking place.

~How & Why: The style of the painting creates an intimate scene (pathos). Those who have not lived according to religious standards would be more willing to submit to Christ, the Savior (ethos) if the setting were less formal as opposed to da Vinci’s version. Though not typical, it works. Past depictions of Last Supper reflected old culture. Nolde’s composition was relevant to the new age of viewer because it livened it up, offering a new perspective

~Effective: This is an effective painting. The intimacy creates a sense of brotherhood, though the faces shown are very idealized (of His Disciples). This bridges the gap of a more modern world. All can come unto Him.

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