LIGHTEN UP THE ABOVE IMAGE AND ADD IN THIS BOX THE NEW IMAGE TITLED “MAPPLETHORPE
– 2 GUYS”
to answer is: what is closest to us? The standing baby (Christ) is perceived
to be closer or more in the front of the painting. He stands in front of his
mother. The other child (St. John) also overlaps Mary. While Mary’s hand
holds Christ’s back (overlaps the skin of his side and back), her body is
perceived to be behind Christ’s. She overlaps the landscape, giving the
illusion that the meadow, trees, and mountains are further away.
example of simple overlapping is Robert Mapplethorpe’s photograph of two men.
The white man overlaps the black man. The white man’s face is seen in its
entirety (totally exposed to view, not obstructed) while areas of the black
man’s head are hidden. Therefore, white man is in front and black man is in back.