In 1814 of the common era Fransisco Goya painted The Third of May, 1808. This painting shows us the horrors that happened that day in Madrid when hundreds of Spaniards rebelled the French were sent in to slaughter them. All but one of the Spaniards in this painting are cowering over to hide from the death that awaits them The one man who’s not cowering is standing there with open arms ready to embrace the sacrifice he’s making for his country. Around 1599-1600 of the common era Caravaggio painted The Calling of Matthew. This painting is of the tax collector Matthew being called upon by Christ. More specifically Matthew is sitting with his fellow tax collectors counting the money collected from the day.
When looking at these works they both give me a strange feeling. Goya’s painting is more depressing than anything, but it almost makes me feel proud of the man in the center as he displays true heroism. The soldiers are comical to me as all I can think about upon looking at them is the Winki Guard from the Wizard of Oz. The long coats and the tall fuzzy hats resemble those from the movie. Caravaggio’s painting is mysterious in the regard that the shadows conceal the men looking and pointing toward Matthew. To add to it everyone around the table is looking at them quite concerned and confused. Overall this painting doesn’t really appeal to me in any regard. However, I can appreciate the shadow work in both paintings.
Debatably the most visually striking aspect of both of these