The Virgin’s Passion

A review of the art piece, Diptych, found at the Minneapolis Museum of Art.

This paper presents a description of the piece of art known as Diptych, which portrays a series of scenes from the life of Christ, beginning with the Annunciation and proceeding through his birth, adoration by the Magi, betrayal, death, ascension, and the final gift of his spirit to the people at Pentecost.
Stylistically, this piece seems both common to its time and yet also enlightening as to its historical moment. There is a certain classical stylization to the flow of the drapery and clothing about the figures which has evolved from the more formless shapes of the earlier middle ages, and hints at an evolving classicism and awareness of form that heralds the oncoming Rennaissance. The characters are in constant contorting motion, and the drapery about them is used to accentuate the angles at which they are caught, and an articulated body is visible below. In the Gothic figure no such differentiation exists (Iskold), until the Gothic begins to blend into the Rennaissance.