Art and Reality

This blog is about famous places as they are presented in the art and as they look in the reality. How does the room of the Last Supper shown at Leonardo's painting look today? How does the Golgotha hill look in the imagination of great artists and in the reality? I'll try to give you answers in my blog.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Giotto. Christ Entering Jerusalem, 1304-1306

Giotto. Christ Entering Jerusalem, 1304-1306 The Golden Gates Jesus The Jerusalem walls
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This is how Giotto painted Jesus entering Jerusalem.

Gustave Dore, Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem

Gustave Dore, Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem Jesus Jerusalem walls Jesus is entering Jerusalemthrough the Golden Gates located over there
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Gustav Dore also painted Jesus entering Jerusalem.

The Golden Gate, Jerusalem, Israel. The view from the Gethsemane Gaden

The Golden Gate, Jerusalem, Israel. The view from the Gethsemane Gaden The Golden Gate Dome of the Rock The Gate was sealed in 1541by Ottoman Sultan Suleiman  to prevent the Messiah s entrancebecause in the Jewish tradition, Messiahwill enter Jerusalem through the Golden Gate Muslim cemetry There are two version why the Muslim cemetrybas built here:1. In the Jewish tradition, Messiah will enter Jerusalemthrough the Golden Gate. However, since Messiahis from the Cohen tribe, he is prohibited to pass throughcemetries. So it was the way to prevent him fromentering the city. Read more here: 2. When Messiah will be coming to Jerusalem, everyonewho buried on his way will rise and follow him.  So it wasthe chance to rise from the dead.
FTThe Golden Gate, Jerusalem, Israel. The view from the Gethsemane Gaden

This is how the Golden Gate looks today.

Fra Angelico, Baptism of Christ, 1437-1446

Fra Angelico, Baptism of Christ, 1437-1446 The Jordan river The East Bank The West Bank Christ John the Baptist
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Fra Angelico painted the baptism of Christ (1437-1446).

Nicolas Poussin. The Baptism of Christ, 1647

Nicolas Poussin. The Baptism of Christ, 1647 The Jordan river Christ John the Baptist The West Bank The East Bank
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This is how Nicolas Poussin painted the baptism of Christ in 1647

The location of baptism of Jesus Christ

 Picture source:  This is the location recognizedas the place of baptism of Christ Jordan river The West Bank The East Bank Jordan
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This is how the location recognized as the place of baptism looks today.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Gustav Dore. Death of Absalom

Gustav Dore. Death of Absalom Absalom The oak Servants of David
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"...And Absalom met the servants of David And Absalom rode upon a mule and the mule went under the thick boughs of a great oak and his head caught hold of the oak and he was taken up between the heaven and the earth and the mule that was under him went away" (2 Samuel 18:9)

The Tomb of Absalom

 The Tomb of Absalom.According to the legend,the place where Absalom died Archaeologists do not confirmthat this is exatly the placewhere Absalom died
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This is how the Tomb of Absalom, built on the place where he died looks today. However, archaeologists do not confirm authenticity of that place.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Andrea Mantegna, Agony in the Garden, 1460

Andrea Mantegna, Agony in the Garden, 1460 Jesus Pay attention at this stone Jerusalem
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This is how the painter imagined the Gethsemane garden. Take a look at the stone on which Jesus prayed...

The stone on which Jesus prayed

 This is how the stone on which Jesus prayed looks today (remember that stone?) This is the Church of All Nations     The Gethsemane garden is over there It is a bas-relief of praying Jesus
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This is how the stone on which Jesus prayed looks in our days

Monday, July 31, 2006

Vasiliy Polenov, An Olive-Tree in the Garden of Gethsemane, 1882

Vasiliy Polenov, An Olive-Tree in the Garden of Gethsemane, 1882 The wall of Jerusalem The old olive tree
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This is how the painter imagined the old tree in the Gethsemane garden

The Old Oak in the Gethsemane Garden Today

 The old oak The old city of Jerusalem is over there     The Church of All Nations,was built from 1919 to 1924,read more:
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This is how the old oak looks today

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Leonardo, Last Supper

 Pay attention at the ceiling And on the large windows It seems there are some side bays
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This is how the Last Supper room looks at the Leonardo painting...

The Real Last Supper Room

 Picture source:  This is the Last Supper room Pay attention at the arched ceiling Take a look at the pillars There are only small windows
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...and this is how this famous room really looks

The Last Supper Room

 Picture source:  The painting is a continuation of the room where it is placed The ceiling on the painting looksas if it continues the real ceiling
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Do you understand now why the Last Supper room looks this way?

Gerôme Jean Léon, "Jérusalem"

Gerôme Jean Léon, Jérusalem  These are crusifixions This is the Temple This is the wall of the Old City The only place where such perspectiveis visible is the Olive mountain, too far from the real Golgotha hill The real Golgotha hill is located here
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This is what Gerôme Jean Léon, a French artist considered the Golgotha hill... Actually, it is far from the place that today is officially "approved" as Golgotha

View from the Olive Mountain today

 Dome of the Rock,the Temple was here The wall of the Old City This is the Golgotha hill
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This is the view from the Olive Mountain today, from the place that 150 years ago Gerôme Jean Léon considered the Golgotha hill

Golgotha Hill - Reality

 Today the Golgotha hill is inside the Church of Holy Sepulchre Golgotha footer Golgotha top Picture source:
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This is how the Golgotha hill looks today. The Church of Holy Sepulchre was built around the hill, but as you can see, the hill height is hardly about 2 story building...