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Renaissance Reminiscence

Greek Cross Series

This series of paintings is from my Reimagined series. These works signify hope for a better future and the possibility for change. When times are dark, there is a tendency to want to just give up. Remember from history that the Dark Ages led to the Renaissance. This series was painted during the pandemic and to me it signifies hope for a better future. In these works, there is a composition based on the Greek Cross, that is orderly where priority is given to the whole over it's parts giving the work a sense of unity.


I use the architectural composition of the greek cross which is composed of four arms of the same length, crossing each other at a straight angle. It is typical of the Byzantine art, alternating with the Latin cross as base diagrams for churches in architecture. The four equal beams and the fact that it can be contained in a square, make it the idealized cross, which represents the Divine Nature of Christ. The first Greek cross building of the Renaissance was Leon Battista Alberti's San Sebastiano in Mantua (1460). In 1546, Michelangelo was appointed architect of St. Peter's Basilica, Rome making the amazing Greek cross structure. - Renaissance Reminiscence



Deborah Lanino

2020

Unity

38" x 38"

Acrylic on canvas


Deborah Lanino

2020

Hope

38" x 38"

Acrylic on canvas

Deborah Lanino

2020

Faith

38" x 38"

Acrylic on canvas


My Los Angeles Art Studio

with a grid painting on the wall

for scale.



Greek Cross

Architectural rendering


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