Standing at 75”x69”, the oil and gold leaf on canvas painting makes a huge impact on any gallery it resides leaving viewers both amazed and confused. At first glance the painting presents just an elephant head atop a bouquet of flowers; which, while elegantly painted leaves one with no sense of what he artist is trying to bring across. The painting has unusual lighting which resemble the baroque style; also, it is structure
The contrast of the loose application of paint in the background to a more rigid foreground helps carry this illusion in the composition. The strategic arrangement of the figures also contributes to the breakdown of the social order. The fair-skinned woman is clearly placed in front; she occupies a larger space than her servant who’s placed behind her. This deliberate placement of figures substantiates the idea of racial hierarchy. We see a plate of inscription on the lower left corner of the painting that is elucidating the scene. There are several letters positioned near certain objects throughout the composition. The content of these objects are explained in text, which also supports the idea that the artist wishes the viewer to grasp a certain meaning from the work. These annotations aid the artist’s manifestation of the New World and an idealized social
This painting is much more sensual than Giorgione’s painting due to Titian’s because he engages the woman with the audience by making her look straightforwardly at the audience and his use of chiaroscuro (Grabski, Józef).
Question 21 2 out of 2 points Why is Velzquez's Las Meninas (The Maids of considered Honor) such a complex painting? Answer Selected Answer: Correct Answer:
Art is one aspect of the past that has carried on for decades. Art in any form may it be poetry, novels, and playwright, sculpting as well as painting, has been an outlet for generations and continues to be an outlet and a means for expression. This paper will discuss “ The Mona Lisa” one of Da Vinci’s most famous paintings, as well as another great painting, Antonio Veneziano’s
Pablo Picasso is a legacy, known for his works of paintings, sculptures, collages, drawings, etchings, and ceramics. He is a Spanish born artist who eventually moved to France in 1900 where he the rest of his life. Picasso is one of the most known artists in the world of modern art with the most distinct and recognizable style.
He is known for painting art that reflects the lives of people and the environment. For example, he would paint the lives of the working class and natives that lived in Mexico. While in Italy, Diego then found a liking for painting murals which he brought back home to Mexico where the government funded him to create a series of murals. These murals reflected the country's people and it’s history.
Two of the most extensively analyzed works of art are Diego Velasquez's Las Meninas and Jan Van Eyck's Arnolfini Double Portrait. Both of these artist's talent won them recognition not only during their lifetime but after as well. Both Velasquez and Van Eyck have a justly earned title as the most talented artists of their respective times. A detailed examination of the details and intricacies of these artist's respective masterpieces, their similarities, and what sets them apart not just from each other but from other paintings from their time period and style, will lead the viewer to a better understanding of the mentalities of these gifted artists and how they transcend their respective genres and contemporaries to create their own
In this artwork, Palomino has placed Mary at the center of the painting, which is an implied triangle. The writer uses an idea of light on the top of the Virgin Mary head. There is a white dove on the top of the painting, which transmits light to her face. The focal point lies on the face of Mary as it is well-defined and the painter has emphasized her face with white color, which brings out the light. This painting has both variety and unity. Unity lies in the color, which is the primary color blue. The whole background of the painting is covered with blue. Similarly, the clothes of Mary are also blue in color. Also, there are numerous cherubim on each side of the painting and they all are painted with the primary color red. Moreover, there is great variety in
This painting give us a clue that he was beginning to fall in a state of depression. The very obscure colors combined with glimpses of light are very common of his style during the early phase of his depressive moments. On the right corner of this painting we find a man and a woman many understand this as his conflicting relationship with his brother and sister in law.
“Double Portrait of Giovanni and His Wife” is a 1434 oil painting by Jan van Eyck. It´s a complex artwork that creates the illusion of a tridimensional space, going beyond the depth of a limited room. The usage of daylight from an open-window on the piece evokes space in a dark interior. This light illuminates the faces and gives intensity to the shades of the contrast places as the glowing colors highlight realism. The painting presents precise details and lines that have a geometric perspective and give a sense of textures, especially on the clothing of the figures. It portrays the idea of beauty, wealth and authority. As an example, the representation of Giovanni and his wife wearing costly clothing and the details around their bedroom, such as the chandelier, the oriental carpet and the
Painting portraits, portraits of women, youth and loved ones became more popular than scenery. Here, women are no longer mythological creatures and have stepped out into everyday life, although there is still an air of idealism around them. (Fig. 2)is a work of this period with an emphasis on the female element.
Concerning color, there is a stark contrast between the figure on the painting and the background. More specifically, the figure of the woman is predominantly delineated in white color, especially pale, ashen white, as far her apparel and facial complexion are concerned, while there are also various hues of grey, with respect to her hair and accessory feather. These white and grey shades are vividly contrasted with the prevailing red and crimson hues of the background (viz. the drape, armchair, and table). Moreover, one can detect colors of dark green (jewelry), some beige on the left (pillar), and darker or lighter shades of blue on the right side of the canvas (sky), which all in concert and in addition to the subtle purple hue forming the sun or moon exude a certain dramatic sentiment. Also, there is brown, which often easily segues into gold (viz. books and attire details respectively). The main contrast of colors between white and red would be interpreted as serving the purpose of rendering the figure of the woman, and especially her face, the focal point of the work, despite, paradoxically enough, the lush red shades at the background. Bearing that in mind, the significance of the woman’s face will be enlarged upon later, when discussing aspects of her identity.
I have always been intrigued with the Mona Lisa, I don’t know why but there is something about her smile and her eyes that captivates me. The realness of the painting and how ordinary the Mona Lisa is the reason why I can look at this painting with great joy, it doesn’t make me think too much, it doesn’t confuse me, the simplicity and the normalcy of this painting is what I enjoy so much. However, after an analysis you can see that the painting isn’t so ordinary.
This painting is divided into three equal parts by the arches in the background and the characters correspond to each of these arches (TV12). The father is in the middle portion of the painting. The lines of perspective created by the tiled floor, draws our attention to the swords that the father is holding and the vanishing point lies just behind the handles of the sword. Our angle of vision is such that we are looking directly at the main figures groups, particularly the father. A single light source from the left of the picture illuminates the characters and also focuses our attention to the father holding the sword. This creates a ‘theatrical’ effect. The background is simple and stark so our attention is focussed on the figure groups in the painting. The painting has a wide tonal range that makes the composition logical and balanced. The colours used in this