Comparison of two paintings

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788 words

Comparison of two paintings

Paintings have been used to represent people since the beginning of the human race.

Through time due to advancements in material and painting techniques combined with the ever-increasing talent of the artists, paintings representing people have become very lifelike and are extremely realistic. Some painted portraits have as much detail as modern photographs. However, there are also paintings of people that are representational in which the artist is trying to convey a message. This paper discusses the two types through the comparison of two paintings, Abaporu and Portrait of a Lady.

The painting are from two different time periods. Abaporu dates from 1928. The name of the artist is Tarsila do Amaral from Brazil. The painting is oil on canvas. Portrait of a Lady dates from 1490 by Domenico Ghirlandaio from Italy. Portrait of a Lady is tempera and oil on panel.

The word Abaporu means the man who eats in the Tupi-Garany language. The painting was a birthday gift to a mayor Brazilian writer and critic Osvaldo de Andrade in January of 1928 (Lucie-Smith 44). This is a representative painting. The painting is a single huge figure with a tiny head and enormous hands and feet. The colors are very bright warm and attractive. A cactus, the sun and the sky are the only background. The background keeps the painting very simple yet it fills the eye of the viewer. The hand and feet rest on the ground symbolizing intimate contact with th...

In this essay, the author

  • Compares two paintings, abaporu and portrait of a lady, which represent people since the beginning of human race.
  • Explains that abaporu and portrait of a lady are from different time periods.
  • Explains that abaporu means the man who eats in the tupi-garany language. the painting was a birthday gift to osvaldo de andrade in 1928.
  • Analyzes how amaral does not keep the proper anatomical dimensions but rather elongates the extremities. the connection between the head and the soil signifies that mankind is dependant on earth for sustenance.
  • Analyzes how the painting, portrait of a lady, represents an approach to portraiture that was new in the late fifteen century.
  • Compares ghirlandaio's two paintings, both depict a human being, and explains that both artists introduced an approach to their type of painting that was new at their time and place.
  • Explains that amaral was one of the first latin american artists to combine incompatible european stiles such as leger’s reclining women with surrealism.
  • Explains that portrait of a lady represents an established and old culture of civilized people with order and moral values that wants to preserve moments and images such as this painting.
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