Reflection About Museum

823 WordsOct 31, 20174 Pages
The museum that I went to for this project was the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena. It was a new experience for me since I have never been to a museum before. I went with my mom and my brother. I choose to go to this museum because my mom has visited before and she mentioned there were a lot of paintings. I didn’t expect to see sculptures or a beautiful garden area outside. The first of the three works I chose was Susanna and The Elders, which was painted by artist Jan Massys in 1564. It is an oil on panel, approximately 3.5 ft x 6.5 ft, and is located in the 14th-16th centuries wing of the museum. I was first attracted to this painting because I thought that the lady, Susanna, was beautiful and powerful since she is the focal point. Upon further inspection, however, I personally didn’t like how the two elder men were spying on Susana since it is violating her privacy. The next work I chose was Sappho Recalled to Life by the Charm of Music by Louis Ducis. It’s an oil on canvas that was made in 1811 and is approximately 4 ft x 5 ft. You can find the painting in the 17th-18th centuries wing of the museum. I didn’t really like it at first because it looked like the lady was in distress and I first thought that the scene dealt with death. The final piece I chose was Vincent Van Gogh’s The Mulberry Tree, which he created in 1889. This oil on canvas is approximately 1.5 ft x 2ft and is found in the Van Gogh room. I liked it because it is fascinating how he made one single tree look unique and stylized. Out of the three works, I decided to do a formal analysis on Susanna and the Elders. To start off, the subject matter is Susanna stripping to take take a bath and her maids are leaving her to her privacy. However, there are two older men behind her who are secretly watching her. Regarding lines, there are expressive lines used for the body figures, the trees, parts of the windows. Analytical lines are also used in the background, specifically the decor of the building, and are used in the design of the stone and wood structure in the foreground. There are also implied lines which are seen in the pointing of fingers by the two maids and Susanna, which implicate that the maids are leaving her. Furthermore,
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