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Mariana Dominguez November 12 2000 Art History Early Renaissance Art History Paper Italian Monstrance in the RISD Museum The Early Renaissance Room is small and square with burgundy colored walls These characteristics give the view of the room a sense of going from the darkness of the Middle Ages to the rebirth of the renaissance which is showed in the light colored adjacent room Coming through the store entrance one can experience the development of art through time First one finds the roman and Greek sculpture room which leads to the early Christian and then to the early renaissance This allows the visitor to understand the pieces according to the period of time in which they were done The main piece of the room is The Entombment of Christ which is a sculpture set up as an altar It is surrounded by paintings with religious subject matter which were done around the same period of time Across from the altar to the left there is a small sculpture of a Pieta which represents the Virgin Mary holding Christ at the moment of his death To the right there is a glass case with a series of objects that are representations of the art and lifestyle of the mentioned period Apart from two platters which are mounted on the walls it is only inside the case where a set of non religious elements are found within the room Some of these elements include an Italian Pharmacy Jar an Italian Casket with couples and love scenes represented on it a medallion a coin and an Italian storage jar Also inside the glass case there are a few religious objects from the 16th century such as a Venetian Goblet and a Spanish Monstrance 40002 The monstrance is about 12 inches tall and made in gold-coated silver It is very well carved and it has an interesting display of small details which shows a good knowledge of
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