Analyzing The Piece Aeneas And His Family Fleeing Troy

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I will be analyzing the piece Aeneas and His Family Fleeing Troy. This artwork is currently being displayed at the San Diego Museum of Art, in Balboa Park near downtown San Diego. This painting was made in 1635 during the Baroque Period in France by Simon Vouet. Vouet was the most influential painter of his time and did much to make Paris an artistic center of Europe. Vouet was heavily influenced by Caravaggio who also heavily influenced other painters during Vouet’s time. In this paper, I will be exploring issues such as material, subject matter, scale, historical context, light, human figure, and finally museum context. Physically, Aeneas and His Family Fleeing Troy is very characteristic of the Baroque period. What is most apparent to…show more content…
Physically, the figures in the painting are quite exceptional. The bodies look very realistic, such as the bulging muscles of Aeneas and the life like expression of his weary father. This works kind of shows a wide spectrum of human figures, from the strong and beautiful Aeneas to his soft, gentle wife, and the sharp contrast of the old and defeated father of Aeneas, to Aeneas’s young, curious son on his grandfather’s back. The painting is evenly lit and has flawless brushstrokes throughout the painting which secures the life-like realness of the work. The shading of the muscles in the body are exceptionally life-like. The contrast between the skin colors between Aeneas and his father really give the viewer a sense of what is actually happening in the scene. When looking into what is actually happening in the scene, physically we see a strong army general of some sort picking up a elderly man to aid him, accompanied by a young woman and a young child. However, Vouet is portraying something much deeper than an army leader helping a helpless citizen. Vouet’s work is depicting the historical story of Aeneas fleeing Troy in battle, hence the title of the work “Aeneas and His Family Fleeing Troy.” Aeneas is the son of Anchises and Venus, and one of the leaders in the Trojan War and cousin to King Priam of Troy. Aeneas was one of the most respected Trojan heroes. When Troy was being sacked by the Greeks, Aeneas fought until the gods ordered him to flee. As you
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