The Rossano Gospels: The Parable of the Good Samaritan ⇒, The Rossano Gospels: The Parable of the Good Samaritan, Adam and Eve (and the love triangle in Eden), Mary, the new Ark of the Covenant, and the Blood of Christ. So the Host is the body and blood (because body has blood), and, therefore, contains the soul and divinity of Christ. This image manifests the fact that for centuries the Church has deepened its appreciation and understanding of the incommensurable gift of the Eucharist because Holy Communion, differing from the other sacraments that bring God’s gifts, contains God Himself. My Family owns an original Sketch by Raphael from 1510 and I’ve always wondered as to the meaning of the Sketch and the People depicted. On the earthly plane, we see personages such as Plato (holding his Timaeus), Aristotle (holding his Ethics), Socrates, Heraclitus, … The Most Holy Trinity, the Virgin Mary, St John the Baptist and a large array of prophets, angels and saints stands out in the scene. We come to the main allegory of the fresco: Theology. Quick fact: During the restoration of the walls of the Stella della Segnatura, the restorers discovered damage to the portraits of Sixtus IV and St. Gregory the Great (on the Disputa), carried out by the mercenaries of Charles V during the sack of Rome in 1527. Thank you for the enlightenment, God bless, Thank u Joynel, as usual ,very well explained, looking forward to next week’s continuation, Thank You for the detailed explaination. In the Disputa, Raphael seems to express that no amount of rationalizing will make us understand some aspects of Theology, which means we need to accept there are things that will always remain above our understanding – a mystery. Find more prominent pieces of religious painting at Wikiart.org – best visual art database. The terrestrial sphere is infused with festivity, monumentality, commotion and solemnity. It showed clearly the relationship between the Church as militant upon the earth, and the Church triumphant in heaven.The viewer would have also noted the vertical axis defined by God the Father above, Christ who is displaying his wounds in the middle, and the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove descending in a nimbus of glory below Christ. Serene and content, his posture recalls the words. He is the animal butchered and blood spilled in the covenant ritual. The Disputation of the Holy Sacrament’ by Raphael (1509. On the left of Christ is the Virgin Mary whose hands are pressed near her chest. They form one body, united in an ethereal apse flanking the Trinity and the Eucharist, which when consecrated becomes the body of Christ.The dynamic assembly painted in the Disputation of the Holy Sacrament, with the glorified Christ displaying his wounds in the center, can be seen as an iconographic reminder of universal judgment day. These Christian doctors are just as animated in the search for truth as their pagan predecessors, in the School of Athens facing them, were.For Giorgio Vasari, the first commentator on the Disputation of the Holy Sacrament during the 16th-century, the intense intellectual activity painted by Raphael represents a collaborating in writing the Mass, and discussing the nature of the host upon the altar. One cannot help but see how it fulfills Jeremiah’s prophecy: See, days are coming—oracle of the LORD—when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. Yale University Press, 1987 • Talvacchia, Bette. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. To the left, a further side-argument seems to have developed. What does our Church profess? While the angels holding the Gospel of Matthew, Mark and Luke face downwards, the one holding the Gospel of John looks to his right at the Evangelist himself.