A Comparative Visual Analysis : David Slaying Goliath

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Reflection Paper: A Comparative Visual Analysis
This paper gives a comparative visual analysis of two artworks from the same period; “David Slaying Goliath”, by Peter Paul Rubens, c. 1616 and “The Sense of Touch”, by Jusepe de Ribera, c. 1615-1616. Despite the fact that the artworks are from the same period, they are both unique in terms of details and the themes they represent. This visual analysis compares and contrasts the way in which the artists employed the different characteristics of the baroque movement to come up with their unique compositions. “David Slaying Goliath, c. 1616 by Peter Paul Rubens” (Norton Simon museum n.p)
David Slaying Goliath Ruben’s painting is based on a religious theme. It shows the triumph of David over the Philistine giant Goliath. The moment capture by Ruben is after the fall of Goliath. The composition shows David in the act of severing the giant’s head. He has his right foot on the dead body of Goliath while his sword is raised behind his back, ready to fall on the neck of goliath. “The Sense of Touch, c. 1615-1616, by Jusepe de Ribera” (Norton Simon museum n.p)
The Sense of Touch The theme of Jusepe’s composition is based on senses. The composition depicts a blind man holding a three dimensional sculpture with his left hand while he uses his right to discern its features. On the foreground of the composition, the artist included a painting which can be seen laying flat on the table.
Comparison and Contrast The Sense of Touch and

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