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SEEING THE LIGHT: SPIRITUALITY EMBODIED

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Material Information

Title:
SEEING THE LIGHT: SPIRITUALITY EMBODIED
Physical Description:
Book
Language:
English
Creator:
Leasure, Jessie
Publisher:
New College of Florida
Place of Publication:
Sarasota, Fla.
Publication Date:

Thesis/Dissertation Information

Degree:
Bachelor's ( B.A.)
Degree Grantor:
New College of Florida
Degree Divisions:
Humanities
Area of Concentration:
Art, Art History
Faculty Sponsor:
Anderson, Kim

Subjects

Genre:
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )

Notes

Abstract:
Renaissance and Medieval religion viewed the human figure primarily as a vessel for the soul. As a result, art that incorporated the human figure, particularly religious painting, often contained symbolism that alluded to the intangible essence of the soul. This symbolism included using light and color as an expression of the divine. Certain colors, such as red, yellow (gold), and blue, were presented in close proximity to divine figures and spaces as haloes, etc, and this proximity indicates their perceived connection to the divine. Light was also seen as expressive of divinity; in examples like Geertgen tot Sint Jans's Night Nativity (c. 1490), the holy figure is the light source, illuminating the surrounding scene. In other examples, terrestrial light sources like candles were conflated with the divine, often being overpowered by the 'divine fire' of holy figures. In this thesis, Seeing the Light, I express the intangible essence of the soul through portraiture. To accomplish this, I conflate terrestrial and divine light in my pieces by incorporating light imagery, particularly the candle. Unrealistic colors and obscure, shadowy settings imply a fantastical space. The figure can be interpreted as an expression of the spiritual through its visual connection to the 'divine' light source because it is immersed in a fantastical space and interacting with a light source that implies the otherworldly or divine.
Thesis:
Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2014
General Note:
Accompanying materials: CD containing Portfolio and Installation (images of each work and views of the installed Gallery Show).
General Note:
RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography:
Includes bibliographical references.
General Note:
This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida Libraries, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
General Note:
Faculty Sponsor: Anderson, Kim
Statement of Responsibility:
by Jessie Leasure

Record Information

Source Institution:
New College of Florida
Holding Location:
New College of Florida
Rights Management:
Applicable rights reserved.
Resource Identifier:
Classification:
S.T. 2014 L4
System ID:
AA00024695:00001

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