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Renaissance Artists emphasize resembling the visible world One particular endeavor is to create the illusion of three-dimensional space on the two-dimensional plane giving the perspective To execute this idea Renaissance artists started to apply geometrical composition in their paintings a vanishing point and a horizontal division Raphaels Marriage of the Virgin also follows this style He divided the pictorial plain into three horizontal lines the foreground the middle ground and the background and carefully utilized the composition of elements in each area to deliver his notions At the first look the viewers directly noticed the group of people in the foreground Under the auspice of a priest Joseph and Mary get married The foreground figures shines bright with a little shadow and the luminance forms peaceful expressions in peoples face After the main subjects eyes move following the roads behind them and find a building with green dome ceiling in the middle ground Each line forms the roads appear in the middle ground creates the perspective with a vanishing point in the middle of the building leading eyes to the doorway which opens from the foreground to the background The light comes down to the middle ground in direction of right side of the painting generating the contrast in the building The background consists of clear blue sky and a little green object that divides the middle and the background The background sky shows a gradation in brightness from the darker top to the brighter bottom as the time of rising sun Employing the geometrical display and the direction of lights in each ground Raphael conveys intentions of presence of the divine and the intimate connection between the humans and the divine Raphael describes the existence of God by depicting the part of sky shown through the doorway as the figure of God Based on the observation of the actual natural phenomena the gradation in the background sky is told that it illustrates the early
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