Thursday, October 29, 2015

"The Last Supper" Leonardo Da Vinci

This is one of the worlds most known, famous, and studied paintings which is depicting Jesus and his disciples at the last supper. The work is presumed to have been commenced around 1495 and was commissioned as part of a plan of renovations to the church and its convent buildings. The Last Supper specifically portrays the reaction given by each apostle when Jesus said one of them would betray him. All twelve apostles have different reactions to the news, with various degrees of anger and shock. 

Linear Perspective

I chose this picture from Raffaello Sanzio because even the shape of the piece lends itself to linear perspective. Finding an art piece from this time period with linear perspective was more difficult than I had imagined because many of the pages online have misleading names for the authors. This piece shows linear perspective mostly with the setting and the land form that all of the people are standing on. The hill is shaped in a point and the people on the top of the hill are further back than the people in the foreground. Even the placement of the subjects is in a linear direction toward the vantage point on the horizon.

-Aimee Caron

Giant Crossbow

This piece by Leonard Da Vinci, "Giant Crossbow" is a very interesting piece. I personally enjoy this one because of its particular detail and how it adds all the realistic components of the crossbow into a complete composition with construction aspects.

An Allegory ("Vision of a Knight") | Raphael

I like this Renaissance painting by Raphael mainly because of the vibrant colors in the clothing against the bland-colored landscape. I also like how Raphael uses the fallen knight as the focal point of the piece. The women on either side of the knight draw the viewer's eyes to the knight with their extended arms.

The Marriage of the Virgin (Raphael)

This painting, also known as Lo Sposalizio in an oil painting created by Raphael in 1507.
I enjoyed how this oil painting was able to create depth to make it appear as a 2D design. The image looks like it continues on even past what is drawn. 

Leonardo - Annunciation

I chose this painting by Leonardo Da Vinci because of the way he made the picture look like it's 3 dimensional. You can see the dramatic effects of linear perspective in this painting because the landscape in the background looks smaller then the two woman up front. The trees and mountains are drawn smaller and the colors even tend to get lighter whereas the colors that are up closer are much more dark.

The School of Athens

The School of Athens or Sculoa di Atene in Italian, is one of the most famous frescoes during the Italian Renaissance by Raphael. It was painted between 1509-1511, it was part of his commission to decorate the rooms called Stanze di Raffaello in the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican.The picture has long been seen as "Raphael's masterpiece and the perfect embodiment of the classical spirit of the Renaissance."

Leonardo da Vinci

This linear perspective drawing is one of Leonardo da Vinci's early works. It is the Adoration of the Magi; its the sketch almost before the figures. I really like the multiple illusions in the drawing. It is hard to see the vanishing points and the horizon line, but once you see it you completely get it. Everything is aligned and parallel such as the stairs and support columns. I like that there is a lot to figure out about the photo. The drawing always remains interesting.

The Last Supper

"The Last Supper" Leonardo Da Vinci

This is one of the worlds most famous paintings and also one of the most studied and scrutinized. In regards to linear perspective Leonardo uses Christ's head as the in which the vanishing point and the orthogonal can be seen by following the tops of the wall tapestries or the coffers to where they intersect at Christ which his also framed by the pediment above and back-lit by the open window behind. and everything around him is drawn in accordance to where he sits.

Leonardo Da Vinci Annucation

I chose this drawing by Leonardo Da Vinci to show linear perspective because it shows depth in the background. It has a vanishing point in which all points meet to create that depth, the trees are also various shapes to look as if they are further or closer to the eye when you are looking at the painting.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Leonardo da Vinci: Adoration

I chose this piece by da Vinci because it is unfinished and it shows his thought process in making the piece. You can see where his vanishing points appear to be located. Because most of his reference lines are still there you can see the detail that was going into the drawing and the precision involved in drawing such lines.

Leonardo Da Vinci: Adoration of the Magi

I chose this work by Da Vinci because it not one of the most popular works that is talked about for linear perspective because it is not as obvious as some others. There are many sketches that came before this and some of them are brought up because they show the use of linear perspective more clearly. This is one of his early paintings. The Virgin Mary and child are in the center with the tree of life and the ruins of a pagan building in the background. It is believed that on the far right side, there is also a self portrait. 

Linear Perspective

I chose the Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci because it is a well known and iconic painting. All points in this drawing follow the rules of a linear perspective piece however it is subtle enough that you don't necessarily notice when looking at it with an untrained eye.

The Expulsion of Heliodorus from the Temple - Raphael

This painting was painted in 1511 by Raphael. This painting shows the use of linear perspective with the pillars going down the hallway. It is very realistic as to what one would see looking down a hallway with tall pillars. The painting itself is a nice depiction of a biblical story in which God sends down a horseman with two youths to drive Heliodorus out of the temple, thus protecting treasures preserved in the temple. The painting located in the Apostolic Palace in Vatican City.

The Last Supper

I chose Leonardo Da Vinci's Last Supper painting from the Renaissance time period because it is a very good example of linear perception. It can be seen as having many meanings. I think Leonardo meant to put Jesus in the center of the painting because he wanted the audience to focus on him, but artistically all the lines of perception depend on Jesus because he is in the center. This is one of my favorite pieces of art.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Disputation of the Holy Sacrament - Raphael - 1509-10

I chose the Disputation of the Holy Sacrament by Raphael for my blog entry. I like how Raphael is able to use volume, contrast, color and his use of perspective to bring the entire piece together. I also particularly like the detail one can see in the top corners of the piece. While many people may have used minor details/effects, Raphael inserted what looks to be pieces of other paintings in the edges of his work. I believe this ties the piece together by making it more realistic. Finally, while this is a perspective drawing, it also shows realism. This was the first part of Raphael's commission to decorate with frescoes, the rooms that are now known as the Stanze di Raffaello, in the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican. Raphael created a scene spanning both heaven and earth; Above, Christ is surrounded by the Blessed Virgin Mary, John the Baptist and various biblical figures such as Adam, Jacob and Moses.

Last Supper: Da Vinci

This drawing was designed by Leonardo Da Vinci during the Renaissance Era. It is an example of liner perception because the lines that are drawn in the photo in white are representing as depicting in and converges together at one point in the piece of art. The red square around Jesus' head is the center of the drawing, therefore, it is the most important piece in this drawing because this is where Da Vinci wanted to attracted the human eye the most. I think this picture is beautiful, and the different shadings and shadows that were blended together, made it that much more meaningful to look at.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Mary Cassat

I chose this oil painting by Mary Cassat because I felt it was very soft and gentle. It was much different then a lot of her other pieces that she has made and the small detail she added through this is beautiful.  This artwork is resembling peace and looks like it was used by a lot of soft oil colors. I really enjoy this piece.

Mary Cassatt

This piece called lilacs in a window was done by Mary Cassatt between 1880 and 1883. I personally like this piece because it was one of her few still life's and I think the texture chose for the flowers is very vibrant and rich. This painting currently resides in a French gallery.

Mary Cassatt

Summertime by Mary Cassatt, 1894, oil on canvas. This oil painting can be found at the museum Terra Foundation for American Art in Chicago. It is believed that this picture was created at her cottage, the Chateau de Beaufresne, located in the Mesnil-Theribus countryside, located around 50 miles northwest of Paris. It is thought that her and this child leisurely drifting on the pond may be the one from her property of her cottage.

Mary Cassat : Mother feeding Child

I chose to do this pastel drawing by Mary Cassatt because I have a very strong bond with my mother and she did this drawing to show a special bond between a mother and daughter because that was one of her main focuses in her drawings. Here she was able to show a mother giving her daughter a drink and feeding her by using very light pastels. I find it very neat that the way she did the pastels makes the glass cup actually looks like real glass and the skin tones look real.

Mary Cassatt

"Mother Combing Her Child's Hair" 1901
In this painting what draws my attention the most is the reflection in the mirror. This shows Mary Cassatt's skill from a whole new perspective in the same piece of art. I also like the soft colors she used, as well as, having such a simple idea of a mother combing her child's hair and being able to incorporate so much intricate detail.

Mary Cassatt

I chose Mary Cassatt's Mother and Child pastel painting completed c. 1900 because I really enjoyed the roughness of the drawing. I like how it looks unfinished yet finished at the same time. I like how the edges are scribbles and the center is more solid creating more of a focus on the main subject of the mother and child.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Toreador - Mary Cassatt

I like this particular painting by Mary Cassatt because the detail she put into it. You can see the different colors blend together to form a realistic flesh color in the man's face and hands. I also like how she was able to depict smoke from the cigarette. The story behind the painting is also pretty interesting. Cassatt traveled to Spain to study the country's historic artists, such as Manet, and while there she saw a bullfight. She was able to paint a picture of a very relaxed moment for a bullfighter, who is normally in very violent moments while in the ring.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Mary Cassatt - Lydia leaning on her arms, sitting in a loge - 1879

I chose this piece by Mary Cassatt because I like the color choice, precision and detail that is incorporated into the piece. The cooler background "pushes" the woman out towards you and separates her from the background. The dark red and blues next to her also focuses the eye on her as well. Finally, her precision and use of the pastel incorporates into the detail one can see in this work by Cassatt.

Mary Cassatt | The Conversation

This oil pastel drawing by Mary Cassatt is titled "The Conversation" and was done in 1896. I like it because most of Cassatt's oil pastel drawings include a subject that is very refined and stiffly posed. This drawing consists of a more candid scene. I also like how the two subjects look very similar so it almost appears as though one person is having a conversation with herself.

Mary Cassatt: Nurse Reading to a Little Girl

I chose this piece from Mary Cassatt because it seemed slightly unrefined. The nurse's right shoulder appears squared off instead of round like the left shoulder. Also, the nurse and the child look very similar, but I do not think it was intended for them to be related. The apparent imperfections in this piece give it a lot of character and I think they improve it at the same time.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Mary Cassatt: Sara Holding a Cat

I chose this oil on canvas by Mary Cassatt because it is like many of her other works that involve children but it also has a cat in it. I have always loved animals and I enjoy how you can tell that Sara loves her cat and they have a bond that many children have with their pets by looking at this picture. I also like how the orange color of the cat matches the girls hair and the girl is in a very feminine pink dress.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Mary Cassatt: Bust of Ellen with Bows in Her Hair

I chose this pastel print by Mary Cassatt because it looked different from some of her other drawings. Mary Cassatt was known for doing drawings of the intimacy between mother and children and I noticed that there were few like this of just children. I also liked how the detail and different colors of the photo where only over her face and it then faded into one color and outline of the child's dress.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Van Gogh

I chose this portrait of Van Gogh because I missed last class and I was unable to figure out what the blog was this week. I liked this painting of Van Gogh because he used a lot of different blues and greens and I think it depicts his feelings and emotions at the time this was done. I also like the fact that he is holding the paint and brushes he used for the painting in the painting.

Vincent Van Gogh: Cultural Depictions

I love the story behind this picture along with its beautiful detailed paints. Van Gogh used this painting as a "suicide note" before he killed himself. He used his most talented hobby to leave behind for people to put the pieces together and find his meaning in the painting. When you are in a field and a loud noise goes off, everything around that particular surrounding gets scared and runs, flies, or jumps away. This is what this picture is describing to us. Vincent killed himself in a high grassed field with a gun shot to the head; the birds flying over the grass is symbolizing that the animals were scared after the gun was shot and took flight. Although, this is a very sad story, he left a mark on the hearts of all those who admire his work.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Vincent Van Gogh - Starry Night Over the Rhone - 1888

I chose to write about a work created by Vincent Van Gogh because he was the topic of last weeks blog and after missing class Tuesday, I could not figure out what the blog entry was supposed to be for this week. I chose Starry Night Over the Rhone because of its emphasize on detail and his use of colors. Another thing I later found out about this work is that he actually sent a sketch of this painting to his friend Eugene Boch in October of the same year to see what he thought of this painting. Besides the detail and use of color, I genuinely just like this painting. Starry Night Over the Rhone is by far my favorite piece created by Vincent Van Gogh. 

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Vincent Van Gogh

I love Van Goghs "Irises" painting because the colors are so beautiful. i really like the blues in this and have a copy of it hanging up in my house. His influence for this painting was Japanese prints, this was also painted after his attack at the asylum. Van Gogh also considered this painting a study.

Wheat Field with Cypresses 1889

I like this piece by Van Gogh because it amazes me how he was able to make the clouds in the sky with oil pastels on canvas. It somewhat gives the painting a relaxing feel because the clouds just flow through the sky very nicely. Although it has more of a cartoon look, the trees and the wheat have such detail just by using different values of greens and yellows. With those different values, the viewer is able to distinguish the texture of the trees.

Bank Of The Oise At Auvers

Vincent Van Gogh's Bank Of The Oise At Auvers was a piece done in the summer of 1890, a time where Van Gogh was described as a very prolific artist. You can see this in the abundance of color, and "fullness" of this piece. I personally enjoy this particular piece because of the abstract textures he uses to depict the water and the trees.

Vincent van Gogh

This is Starry Night over the Rhone by Vincent van Gogh. This was done in 1888. I think this painting is beautiful and inspiring. The image is exaggerated, meaning you would not see this in real life such as, the dramatized reflection of the stars' light on the water. However, that is what I like most about it. There appears to be three main colors -black, yellow and blue. They fade out into different shades and tones. The use of yellow and blue, which are complementary colors is visually appealing. When I first looked at this I didn't see the two boats. Then I realized that the land the people are standing on is more blue and yellow than green. This tells me that there is a lot that can be said about the photo. It's open to many different interpretations and opinions. I like that he captured the beauty of a night sky, although exaggerated, because many people do not get out to see the sky at night.

Vincent Van Gogh - Sunflowers

I chose this painting by Vincent Van Gogh because I personally really like sunflowers. What's different about his work is that his sunflowers aren't all so bright and cheerful but are also dying out. He wanted to show emotions in his painting so he used yellows and browns. He also wanted to show all the angles of the spectrum of life itself and how all living things are tied together.

Vincent Van Gogh: Starry Night Over the Rhone

I chose this oil painting mostly because I love the colors but also because it is a nice mix between accurate and abstract. I like how you can tell exactly what he is painting but it is still a little bit abstract without a ton of detail.

Vincent Van Gogh

I chose this early drawing of a pond because it is one of Vincent Van Gogh's earliest works. He drew this rendition of a pond near his home and mailed it to someone and said that now he did not feel so helpless against nature because he could record its beauty. I like that this is possibly the first piece where he realized that he was artistic enough to accurately capture and image and he could be proud of his art work. He focuses on some of the details that really make up the piece in this drawing and he continued to do this in his art until he began gradually becoming more abstract with his landscapes toward the end of his life.

-Aimee Caron

Vincent van Gogh

Cafe Terrace at Night 
Also known as The Cafe Terrace on the Place du Forum, is a coloured oil painting. Created in Aries, France, middle of September in 1888. The painting is not signed. People who visit this site can still stand at the northeastern corner of the Place du Forum, where van Gogh set up his easel. 


Vincent van Gogh

I chose Cypresses 1889 by van Gogh because it reminds me of starry night but a warmer, brighter version. It was painted after Van Gogh began his yearlong stay at the asylum in Saint-Rémy. I liked it because it reminds me of a landscape that i would enjoy being in and it looks warm and welcoming.

Van Gogh two cut sunflowers

This painting is similar to many of Van Gogh's other depiction of Sunflowers. Sunflowers were a common theme amongst his work. While being familiar to his other paintings of Sunflowers, this one stood out because it was unique and unfamiliar compared to his other paintings. The background of blues is similar to starry night and i liked the different shades used to create the flower itself. The blue in the background made the flowers seem very close rather than far away

Vincent Van Gogh "Starry Night"

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Vincent Van Gogh "Starry Night" (1889)

This painting is well known by many and depicts Van Gogh's view from a window. Some believe this painting was done by memory. Specifically, the detail in this painting is very precise as you can see the many different lines and shades that create the sky and the stars. Aside from the work done on the sky the town below also required much detail but looks as if it was done with a softer touch.