Paolina Borghese: The Art Development Of Civilization

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To examine the growth of any civilization, we need to examine their art development. Art is the transparent image of any development of the humanity along the history. In order to investigate this evolution we need to take a close look to the art work from different era, and we choose to study the art work from; Neo classicism, Romanticism and Realism. Amazingly, by choosing only one subject matter, we could see how art has been developed over the time. We will be studying the progress of the women rule in the society over the history. From Neo classicism we have Paolina Borghese by Canova, from Romanticism we take Princesse de Broglie by Ingres and from realism we choose to study Olympia by Manet. Paolina Borghese…show more content…
This masterpiece was done in 1851-53, it was the last society portrait for Ingres and the most beautiful and important one for him. The portrait was commissioned by the princess Joséphine husband, Albert de Broglie. It was Oil on canvas with dimension: 47 3/4 x 35 3/4 in. (121.3 x 90.8 cm). Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres was known to be the master in anatomy in his time, but in this work he gather all the liberty to establish the ideal totally beautiful body, soft white skin without any musculature or any sense of bone in it. He consider the most substantial characteristics in the Romantic art (ideal, individualized, and passion). The princess gaze is an amazing one also, she look with a poetic concentration toward the viewer, it is an aristocratic look but with some romantic feeling with it. Not only the body or the look, but also, Ingres was able to deliver the satin texture brilliantly to the point that we could feel the sense of it, as if we could hear the cloth twist movement. Moreover, the use of the blue color and gold is suggesting the heavenly powers as in European symbolism. With a vivid colors and a perfect soft surface that does not show the brushwork, Ingres show the most solitary, passion, romantic women rule in the Romanticism…show more content…
With Canova nimbleness of line, lovely modeling, and the strongly repeated details, Poalina show the strong representation of a woman in the society, the strong idea of beauty that defeat death as in Greek and Roman art.
The Princess de Broglie by Ingres set another representation of a woman in the society, the rule of an aristocratic but romantic woman at the Romantic art. The vivid colors and a super soft surface that does not show even the brushwork on it, Ingres had the opportunity to reflect the romantic, passion, and solitary woman rule in the Romantic era.
Manet had another completely different idea for a woman in nude, with a real not a lie, harsh not soft, and a yellow skin not white. The rule of a prostitute woman who look in the viewer eyes to challenge them, who take of some of the viewer power in her gaze, a rule of powerful confident woman even if it was from a lower-class. With obvious rapid brush strokes and a facile spit without any modeling, Manet sent a message to the viewer: it’s real; it’s the modern world real beauty which is not an
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