What makes us human is the ability to recognize the good in other people and in turn recognize the good in ourselves. There is a saying that whatever you think about another person is just a reflection of what you think about yourself; it is like looking into a mirror. Paintings can act like mirrors as well; we can gaze into a painting and see the good of the subject being portrayed and in turn we can identify the same attributes within ourselves allowing us to relate to the subject matter. Both Rembrandt and Vermeer were able to capture intersubjectivity in their paintings. In The Return of the Prodigal Son (Fig. 1) and Aristotle (Fig. 2) by Rembrandt and The Milk Maid (Fig. 3) and Woman Weighing Pearls (Fig. 4) by Vermeer there is an autonomy that can be recognized in the painting as well as within us.
Rembrandt suffered many hardships throughout his life, the death of his children and wives, going bankrupt and having to sell his estate; all of these tribulations have had a personal significance for him and are apparent in subtle ways, in some of his paintings. One such painting that captures intersubjectivity is The Return of the Prodigal Son (Fig. 1); this painting portrays compassion and forgiveness. At some point in everyone’s lives there has been a time where we were asked to forgive or we had to ask for forgiveness, so this painting speaks to everyone. Rembrandt was able to capture the exact moment of forgiveness from the father and the penitence of the son. The father with his downcast eyes, solemn expression and gentle embrace indicate the father has truly forgiven his son and accepted him back into his house. In contrast the son on his knees, burying his head in his father’s chest shows us an appreciation and a sense ...
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...individual human being, worthy of our own unique individual response” (Weschler, p. 21). As we look at these paintings it is easy for us to connect to the subject matter, they all pertain to ethics. The contemplation of life and death, picking the right path for our highest and best good, forgiveness and taking pride in what you are doing. Each day we are faced with moral dilemmas and for the most part people choose to be good and do the best they can. These four paintings allow us to see the intersubjectivity in others as well as in ourselves.
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... art is very self- rewarding and gives a great sense of accomplishment. Monetarily speaking, an artist such as Vermeer must paint in order to make a living and support his family of 11 children, “And there were other debts.” (pg. 209) Overall, the book describes the soul purpose of art to provide love, sorrow, warmth, depth and happiness to the soul and heart. The monetary wing is also very important because many of the owners had to sell the painting; no matter how much they treasured the painting, they still had to sell it because of monetary problems to keep them on their “feet.”
The ,Adoption of the Human Race, induce an intense feeling of sadness ,despair and possibly a glimmer of optimism. The pain of a nation radiates from the painting but the belief that a supreme spirit continues to keep his nation safe from the perils of the world. The great spirit chief desperately tries to keep his great nation from suffering ,but the people are becoming disconnected. The disconnection can be interred because the chief fingers aren't interlaced .
Each artist is an individual with a unique style, and although these styles can be similar in practice – the individuality of the artist often proves the discriminating factor for a successful artwork. Self-portraits are beneficial when looking at the individuality of the artist as there are two aspects to look at – the artist’s style, and the artist’s view of him/herself. The latter can provide a brief insight into the mental situation of the artist as well as any apparent influencing factors of the artwork. This view can often also include fragmental insights into the society and culture of the time. Rembrandt van Rijn and Vincent van Gogh are 2 artists of whom are well represented by this statement.
Increasingly, man was accepted as an autonomous individual and emphasized as his own measure, resulting in a loss of true meaning. The “Mona Lisa,” “Pieta,” and “Arnolfini Wedding,” are beautiful masterpieces which not only exemplify esteemed Renaissance art, but also boldly display the convictions of their artists. While Leonardo da Vinci and Jan van Eyck realized the tenants of the gospel and understood the flaws of humanism, Michelangelo adhered to the commonly accepted beliefs of relativism. Most of his contemporaries valued the human intellect, underemphasized their powerful God, and shared Michelangelo’s position. Unsurprisingly, the ideals of humanism that emerged in the Renaissance have not died off, but set the stage for the morals of humanism observed
Though most works of art have some underlying, deeper meaning attached to them, our first impression of their significance comes through our initial visual interpretation. When we first view a painting or a statue or other piece of art, we notice first the visual details – its size, its medium, its color, and its condition, for example – before we begin to ponder its greater significance. Indeed, these visual clues are just as important as any other interpretation or meaning of a work, for they allow us to understand just what that deeper meaning is. The expression on a statue’s face tells us the emotion and message that the artist is trying to convey. Its color, too, can provide clues: darker or lighter colors can play a role in how we judge a piece of art. The type of lines used in a piece can send different messages. A sculpture, for example, may have been carved with hard, rough lines or it may have been carved with smoother, more flowing lines that portray a kind of gentleness.
Not only does he neglect to provide any specific instructions as to how art should be incorporated into worship, he fails to develop a model of artistic activity that encourages critical participation in the contemporary world. Ryken claims that all art should be created with the redemptive reality of Christ’s death and resurrection in mind, but he does not explore how abysmal, depressing art can enact justice in the world or capture pain in a meaningful way. If every piece of art must include motifs of hope in some capacity, then pain and injustice can never be communicated in a meaningful way. Protest pieces, graffiti art, and sad or ugly pieces of art are some of the most meaningful things that people have created. Ryken fails to affirm the value of works such as Picasso’s Guernica or Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, and in doing so he fails to recognize the power of ugliness and sadness to remind us of pain and injustice. By neglecting to expand his vision of what it means for art to glorify God, Ryken loses the power of the ugly and the tragic to mobilize us as agents of God’s justice and mercy.
...wn in the succeeding works of his lifetime. It is thought that this aura of sorrow is capable of moving a person so much that a sadness like this is only found in Rembrandt's last portraits, and no other accomplished artists’. Titian’s work is significant for this effect of inspiring and stirring emotion in even the tamest heart. (“Encyclopedia of World Biography” 242-243)
Imagine you can own one of the famous painting in the world. Which one would it be? What will you do with it? If I got to own a famous painting, I would hang it in my bedroom and I’ll show it to my family. In this situation, If needed to narrow it down it will be The Persistence of Memory by Salvador Dali or Nighthawks by Edward Hopper. These paintings are extremely different, and their artistic movement is opposite from one another. By the end of this essay, you’re going to know the differences and similarities of these paintings.
This is the painting that will settle the battle between the Prior and Fra Lippo Lippi’s difference of opinion on the role of the artist and of art. The Prior will be happy to see the soul and Fra Lippo will be happy to be present in the painting; the body and soul together.
A couple of times throughout my life I heard that art will speak to you even though it doesn’t talk. Not having a real knowledgeable understanding of art or being a big appreciator of it, Berthold Woltze’s ‘The Irritating Gentleman’ (1874) is an oil painting that depicts realism that really draws me into everything in the painting because of the attention to detail he put into it. This particular work is the first time that anything in the art category has made me feel a special way about it and it truly does speak to me.
To me the painting is a way of showing you what everyone else is seeing. That the painter had the men looking right at each other so they can see themselves running away. In turn I got to see myself doing the same thing and was able to change because of it. When other people look at the painting they probably see something else. That is why I choose to do the painting, it gives you the choice too interpret it any way you see fit. Or it can just be a beautiful painting to look at, but the painting was so much more to me. It painted a thousand words for me.