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  • marcelinelee 10:10 AM on July 25, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Red Lotus 


    Qi Baishi, Red Lotus, 1975.

    Qi Baishi’s original name is Qi Huang. He was born in the year 1864 and passed away in the year 1957. Some of Qi’s major influences include the Ming Dynasty artist Xu Wei and the early Qing Dynasty painter Zhu Da. The subjects he usually paints are animals, scenery, figures, vegetables, etc. He began his interest in the arts of poetry, calligraphy, painting, and seal-carving in his own efforts. He began travelling in his forties. He met his mentor at the Shanghai School named Wu Chanshuo, who was a huge influence on him. Another big influence was Chen Shizeng. He mainly used heavy ink, bright colors and vigorous strokes. He was elected president of the Association of Chinese Artists and was the president until he passed away (“Qi Baishi,” n.d.). He mastered the ability of suggesting the essence of his subject with a few brief strokes (“Asian Antiquities,” 2012).

    I chose this painting because it is a simple but beautiful flower. As I look at the painting, the red color draws my attention the most. He uses a contrast of black and grays along a long with red for the flower allowing all our attention to go to the flower.

    Works Cited

    “Asian Antiquities.” – Chinese Artists Chinese Painting,  Wu Changshuo,  Qi Baishi,  Huang Binhong,   Xu Beihong, Asian Art,. Asian Antiquities, 2012. Web. 24 July 2012. http://asian-antiquites.com/artist_biographies_pg_1

    “Chinese Art Paintings.” Chinese Flower Painting. Wei Yang Chinese Art, LLC, 2007. Web. 24 July 2012. http://www.chineseartpaintings.com/4qbs001f.html

    “Qi Baishi.” Paintings. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 July 2012. http://www.chinaonlinemuseum.com/painting-qi-baishi.php

    • amyboardman 5:31 PM on July 31, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Beautiful painting! One of my non-western assignments also focused on Chinese paintings similar to this. His technique looks very much like Chinese Brush Stroke, which can dilute the ink from the cake to almost watercolor like consistency or keep it very thick. These paintings are typically so full of symbolism–even down to how many sides of a rock are shown has meaning! I too love the red color in this one in particular. Thank you for sharing the information on this painting and on Qui Baishi!

    • llframeart200x 11:20 PM on August 10, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Great selection. I enjoyed your comments on the painting style of Qui Baishi, and how he came to choose this type of artwork. The red flower is certainly my favorite part of the painting. It makes me consider what effect the focus of a piece can have on the emotional reaction of the viewer.

  • marcelinelee 10:02 AM on July 25, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Kassulo Kwenda 

    Kassulo Kwenda, Antognoni Brunhoso, 1993.

    I decided to explore African paintings and came across this beautiful piece. It is by Antognoni Brunhoso.

    Antognoni Brunhoso was born in Malange, Angola on January 7, 1962, which is one year after the start of the Angolan revolution and the struggle for independence. In 1975, he celebrated the independence of Angola in Malange and also experienced the beginning of the civil war. He moved to Luanda then Portugal and lastly, Amsterdam where he furthered his art (De Jonge, n.d.).

    I selected this work because first of all, it is very colorful. It also appealed to me as I was scrolling through many other African pieces because there were animals, flowers, birds and a tree. It reminds me of going on a safari or the jungle. Although, you cannot see it well, but there is water. All colors blend together well.  I think it would be a perfect piece for a stain glassed window.

    Works Cited

    De Jonge, Enno. “Antognoni Brunhoso Cyber-Exposition.” Antognoni Brunhoso Cyber-Exposition. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 July 2012. http://www.africaserver.nl/virtual/exhibitions/antognoni/


    • llframeart200x 11:12 PM on August 10, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I love the piece you selected for your review. I agree that the many animals and colors give it an appealing, almost adventurous type of feel. Looking at it makes me want to be outside tramping through the wilderness rather than coped up on my bed working on our art class! 🙂 Great job including all the information, while still keeping your review simple and to the point.

      • christigasp 10:56 AM on August 14, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        I think the piece you selected is brilliant. You said you thought it would make a good stained glass window, I was thinking a mosaic with colored glass tiles. Your background information was great but I was wondering if he went to school to further his art or is he just a raw natural talent. All in all it was a great presentation.

  • marcelinelee 7:39 PM on July 14, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    3D Pavement Art 

    Paintings that make people’s eyes go 0_o. This is what I chose, 3D pavement art. I chose this because they are very realistic and it definitely tricks your mind into thinking the illusion real. Julian Beever is one of the artists that create 3D illusions on sidewalks.

    Julian Beever started painting in began pavement art as a busker, drawing in different countries including the USA, Australia and Europe to fund his travels and began anamorphic pavement illusions in early 90’s. He developed his 3 dimensional or “anamorphic” pavement drawings out of curiosity and a love of the medium. These became well known in early 2000’s and commercial commissions followed (“Julian Beever,” 2012).


    Justin Beever, Coke.

    Justin Beever’s work Coke is a great illusion because it looks like there’s actually a big bottle of Coke there. The reflection of the bottle also looks very realistic.  


    Justin Beever, Portable Computer, The Strand, London.

    A Sony Vaio on concrete! This definitely is an eye-catching 3-D painting. It looks as if I can just lay there on the cement and type! I probably would too.


    Justin Beever, Make Poverty History.

    I like this painting because the earth is very well painted. The colors are almost identical to a real globe and the continents are perfectly drawn.


    Kurt Wenner, Ghetto.

    I like this painting because it reminds me of Greek mythology and the Renaissance. The painter also uses great tenebrism.  


    Kurt Wenner, The Last Judgment.

    I definitely like this painting because it’s one of the most popular paintings of The Last Judgment. It was signed to be Sacred Art by the Pope.


    Kurt Wenner, Echo and Narcissus.

    I love this picture because it looks like he’s swimming and it also has a reflection of him. It also reminds me of Greek mythology and Renaissance art.

    All these works put together are a very creative use of art. It reminds me of the ceiling Fresco with Trompe l’oeuil done by Andrea Pozzo.

    Works Cited

    “Kurt Wenner, Master Artist and Master Architect.” Kurt Wenner, Master Artist and Master Architect. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 July 2012. http://kurtwenner.com/index.htm

    Dutoit, Nancy. “Julian Beever | Official Website.” Julian Beever | Official Website. N.p., 2012. Web. 13 July 2012. http://www.julianbeever.net/index.php?option=com_content

  • marcelinelee 12:55 PM on July 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply  



    Jacob Lawrence, Dreams #1, 1965.

    Jacob Lawrence was the first American artist of African descent to receive sustained mainstream recognition in the United States. His success came early at the age of twenty-four but lasted almost uninterrupted until his death in June 2000. His renown is mostly in his Migration series, in which he documents the migration of blacks from Africa to America, focusing mostly on their history in the South (“Eyeconart…,” n.d). Lawrence repeated motifs, shapes, and words throughout his narrative series. In The Migration Series, the repetition of an enlarged single spike or nail, chain links or lattice, hands, and the hammer act as refrains in the lives, experiences, and struggles of African Americans (“Jacob Lawrence…,” 2002).

    The title of this painting caught my eye: Dreams #1. This painting was influenced by African Americans. The title, along with the picture, has a lot of significance to it. African Americans had experienced so many struggles and to name a piece of artwork Dreams probably meant a lot to the artist and the people. Also, the detail that first caught my eye was the primary colors used: the red, yellow, white and black colors. The painting displays Lawrence’s superlative knowledge of color, which is striking in its economy and elegant simplicity. The face of the man seems to be as if he is suffering or in agony.  The yellow bars suggest the bars of a jail cell. The nightmare is also embodied in the devilish figures framed in the rectangles formed by the brass bars of the bed, which they cannot escape (“Jacob Lawrence,” n.d.).

    Works Cited

     “Eyeconart: The Harlem Renaissance.” Eyeconart: The Harlem Renaissance. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 July 2012. http://robinurton.com/history/Harlem.htm

    “Jacob Lawrence.” Jacob Lawrence. New Britain Museum of American Art, n.d. Web. 03 July 2012. http://www.nbmaa.org/timeline_highlights/essays/lawrence.html

    “Jacob Lawrence: Exploring Stories.” Jacob Lawrence: Exploring Stories. Whitney Museum of American Art, 2002. Web. 03 July 2012. http://whitney.org/www/jacoblawrence/art/painting_method.html

  • marcelinelee 9:35 AM on June 26, 2012 Permalink | Reply  



    Vincent Van Gogh, Starry Night, 1889, Saint-Remy, France.


    Claude Monet, Le Bateau-atelier, 1876.

    Impressionism “depicted a fleeting moment, an impression,” Impressionism was characterized by sketchy lines, loose brush strokes and dabs of color that blend together. The favorite subject matter was: the transitory effects of light and weather; the amusements and pastimes of the middle and upper classes; pleasant moments; and did not focus on traditional subject matter such as history and classical antiquities and religion. Frequently the painters worked outdoors (“Art Music…,” n.d.).

    Van Gogh’s painting Starry Night is a perfect example of Post-Impressionism. The bright stars and moon, the way the wind is moving, it’s all so free and peaceful. The city below, perhaps, demonstrates serenity. Also, the thing that interests me the most is the brush on the left side. This sky keeps the viewer’s eyes moving about the painting, following the curves and creating a visual dot to dot with the stars. This movement keeps the onlooker involved in the painting while the other factors take hold (“Vincent Van Gogh: Starry Night,” n.d.). Van Gogh’s paintings were supposed to present emotion: dramatic, lyrically rhythmic, imaginative, and emotional (Vincent Van Gogh: Biography,” n.d.).


    Thomas Moran, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, 1872.


    Thomas Cole, The Oxbow, 1836.

    Romanticism is different from Impressionism. Like the Baroque era, artists wanted to elicit emotions and feelings. The favorite subject matter was mists, fantastic, exotic, world of dreams, and fabulous landscapes. Horrible tragedies and injustices were also ideal Romantic subject matter. Romantic painting was noted as a floating, inexact style, or attitude. The artist was seen as creator that reflected God’s power in their genius (“Art Music…,” n.d.).

    Thomas Cole and Thomas Moran were in the Hudson River School during the Romantic Era. The Hudson River School mainly focused on landscape paintings. Many of these paintings were realistically descriptive and features tranquil and beautiful pastoral settings where nature and man existed peacefully. They held a reverence for nature as a manifestation of God. The techniques that the painters used for creating the illusion of light was known as luminism (“Art Music…,” n.d.).

    Comparing these paintings from the Impression and Romantic eras, we can definitely see the differences. The technique is very different. In van Gogh’s painting its so freehanded and sketchy, while in Moran and Cole’s paintings, the strokes are so carefully detailed.  In Moran and Cole’s paintings, we can see how clear and vivid everything is.

    Although Romantic paintings were more clear and detailed, I would have to stay I like the Impressionistic style more. It’s so abstract and all the colors are put together to create a masterpiece. I would prefer a more creative, imaginative painting than a detailed picture of a landscape.

    Works Cited

    “Art Music Theater F200.” 5.4- Visual Arts in the Romantic Era. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 June 2012. http://amtf200.community.uaf.edu/2009/04/24/03-visual-arts-3/

    “Oil Painting Reproduction Studio.” Oil Painting Reproduction Studio. N.p., 2004. Web. 21 June 2012. http://www.huntfor.com/absoluteig/gallery.asp?action=viewimage

    “Vincent Van Gogh: Biography.” Vincent Van Gogh Gallery. N.p., 2012. Web. 21 June 2012. http://www.vangoghgallery.com/misc/bio.html

     “Vincent Van Gogh: Starry Night.” Vincent Van Gogh Gallery. N.p., 2012. Web. 21 June 2012. http://www.vangoghgallery.com/painting/starryindex.html

    • jsteffes2 3:02 AM on June 30, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Really enjoyed your post! I like that you used Vincent Van Gogh in your discussion because he is one of my favorites of the Post-Impressionism era. After visiting the Van Gogh museum in the Netherlands I have a special appreciation for his art. Although “Starry Night” is a commonly known painting I still love it! It looks like the coziest little village beneath that swirling sky. You chose great eras to compare as they really elucidate the differences between Impressionistic and Romantic art. I also agree with your reasoning of why the Impressionism era was so wonderful. The artists of this time were so imaginative and adventurous! Great job on including all the required information and bringing up noteworthy topics for discussion.

    • awpaxson 10:08 PM on July 2, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Great review, you gave a good overview of post-impressionistic art by giving a description of it in the beginning and then expanding upon a certain painting by outlining key details. Although not a fan of impressionistic and post-impressionistic artwork myself, you gave excellent reasoning in your statements (I more of a fan of “The Oxbow”). Additionally, the usage of multiple examples was a good inclusion to the report.

    • behumah 10:15 PM on July 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I love the pictures! It was hard finding pictures on the internet that weren’t thumbnails. I have decided that once I make enough money to enjoy a stress free work life, I’m going to devote some time to the museum. I work in the DC and I’m ashamed to admit that I haven’t been to a museum in over a decade. All that is about to change. Keep up the good work!

    • thesimplemrjones 7:05 PM on July 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Hello Marceline! Great reflection on impressionism. I am not a huge fan of the style, but you did a great job in showing the comparison between both impressionism and romanticism. It appears as though I am the only one who doesn’t particularly gravitate toward the impressionistic style of art as most of the other classmates do. All of your works have been cited properly and your information factual. I liked the fact that you mentioned how both Cole and Moran were in the Hudson River School during the romantic era showing how they both received the same teaching, yet paintings were different. Great reflection!

  • marcelinelee 12:05 PM on June 7, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    5th Symphony 

    Ludwig Van Beethoven. 5th Symphony. 1804-1808. Vienna, Austria.

    Ludwig Van Beethoven was born on about December 16, 1770, in the city of Bonn (“Ludwig Van…,” n.d.). His career had three distinct periods. First period was until 1802 and is where he wrote conventionally, following Haydn and Mozart. Second period, the Heroic period between 1803 and 1814 is where his works become more dramatic and longer in length, and the famous 5th Symphony is from this period. Last period is where he explored new territory, departing from Classical constraints and his greatest symphony, the 9th Symphony, is considered the first symphony of the Romantic era. Some of his works include 3rd Symphony, 8th Symphony, and 6th Symphony. He started losing his hearing at about 20 years old, however, he kept composing (Prevot, 2001).

    The 5th Symphony was written between 1804 and 1808 and finally performed in Vienna in 1808. It comprises of four movements: opening sonata, an andante, and a fast scherzo which leads attacca to the finale. He dedicated this work to Prince Franz Joseph von Lobkowitz and Count Razumovsky (“Symphony No. 5…,” 2012).

    This work is considered a natural continuation of Symphony No. 3, “Eroica”, because it approaches the same themes and it expresses the relationship between particular and general (“Beethoven’s Symphony…,” n.d.).

    It is related to the middle period because during this period, there was a widespread demand for arts.  Also, the key of the Fifth Symphony, C minor, is commonly regarded as a special key for Beethoven, specifically a “stormy, heroic tonality” which was the center of many themes during this era. It is thought to symbolize “fate” knocking at the door (“Symphony No. 5…,” 2012).

    I like this piece of the 5th Symphony by Beethoven because it sounds like a mystery is going on, or sort of like it is telling a story. I mean, when I listen to it without watching the YouTube video, I think of it as a story being told using fast-paced and slow-paced music. Fast-paced would indicate like a chase or a mystery of some sort. When it is slow-paced, I think of it as a place of finally resting or taking a break. I have heard this piece many, many times in different cartoons, TV shows, and the radio.


    Works Cited

    “Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. The Destiny Symphony.” Beethoven 5th Symphony|Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5| The Destiny Symphony. All About Beethoven. Web. 07 June 2012. http://www.all-about-beethoven.com/symphony5.html

    “Ludwig Van Beethoven Biography.” Bio.com. A&E Networks Television. Web. 07 June 2012. http://www.biography.com/people/ludwig-van-beethoven-9204862

    “Symphony No. 5 (Beethoven).” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 06 June 2012. Web. 07 June 2012. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphony_No._5_(Beethoven)

    Prevot, Dominique, and Hannah Salter. “Biography: Beethoven’s Life – Ludwig Van Beethoven’s Website – Dominique PRÉVOT.” Biography: Beethoven’s Life. Dec. 2001. Web. 07 June 2012. http://www.lvbeethoven.com/Bio/BiographyLudwig.html

    • aklena 8:17 PM on June 17, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Hi fellow student!
      I was wondering…. Did you attend RAHI in ’09 or ’10? Because I think we were in the same year. 🙂
      Your information is very relevant and interesting. I like the ‘story aspect’ of this piece as well. I think it does tell a story, if you think about it like that. Beethoven really likes the dramatic side of things. Did it really take him 4 years to finish this piece?

    • marcelinelee 11:20 AM on June 18, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Malena! Yes I did, I remember you! 🙂 Yay. It did take 4 years! He started it and in the meantime finished a few other pieces while creating this symphony as well. I’m so glad to hear from you!

    • tmgreen4 9:22 PM on June 20, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I love this piece by Beethoven. It’s such an epic piece! I always think of Tom and Jerry when I hear this.
      What kind of role do you think the rise of the middle class had on Beethoven while he was creating this piece? Did you come across any influences he had while composing this piece? You provided a lot of great information. Thanks for sharing!

    • Jessica Hunter 10:59 AM on June 21, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      There is a lot of great information here! It was interesting to read more about Beethoven, as well as about the C minor. It’s also pretty neat that it took him four years to finish it; it must have been something he put a lot of thought into. Like someone else asked, what effect do you think the middle class had on Beethoven when he was writing this piece? You did a good job providing factual information as well as sources.

    • Mariah 11:53 PM on June 30, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Malena,
      Good job you gave a good amount of information and followed the guidelines for the assignment . I enjoy that you put in some background information on Beethoven’s career, it was interesting to read about the 5th symphony and to read about how it was connected to the rise of the middle class . I think that your interpretation of the 5th symphony is thoughtful and interesting .

  • marcelinelee 11:14 AM on June 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    The Astronomer 

    Johannes Vermeer. The Astronomer. 1668. Louvre, Paris.

    Johannes Vermeer is a Dutch painter born in the year 1632. He is thought to stay in his hometown of Delft for most of his life. He mostly painted works of women, although he did paint a man in these two paintings.“The Geographer” created in 1668-1669 is thought to be a pendant to “The Astronomer.” It is thought that the same person is in both pieces, possibly Antonie van Leeuwenhoek. A few of Vermeer’s works include “Girl with the Pearl Earring,” “The Music Lesson,” and “The Girl with the Wine Glass” (“Johannes Vermeer,” 2012).

    “The Astronomer” is a great piece. I like it because it contrasts light from dark, which is a work of tenebrism. It also displays the light from the window, which he displays so perfectly on the face, table, and wall. He displays the shadows on the wall from the dresser so accurately. It also captures the quietness, peacefulness and concentration of his profession, something very unique and special. The book on the table is Metius’s “Institutiones Astronomicae Geographicae.” It is thought to be on Book III, seeking inspiration from God. The painting on the wall is of Moses, which is thought to symbolize knowledge and science (“The Astronomer,” 2012). This painting is very inspiring because how it represents how much we have discovered and acquired in science today.

    “The Geographer,” below, is thought to be a pendant to “The Astronomer.” They are very similar. First, it is the same model. The globe, books, dresser, clothing, and table cloth are all in the picture. Also, there’s a signature or date as well (near the globe in “The Astronomer” and on the wall in “The Geographer”). They are both studying and thinking. Vermeer symbolizes the expansion of scientific knowledge so significantly, in both “The Astronomer” and “The Geographer.”

    Works Cited

    “Johannes Vermeer.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 06 June 2012. Web. 06 June 2012.


    “The Astronomer (Vermeer).” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 29 May 2012. Web. 06 June 2012.


    “The Geographer.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 17 May 2012. Web. 06 June 2012.


  • marcelinelee 4:01 PM on May 30, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Madonna and Chancellor Rolin 

    Jan van Eyck. Madonna and Chancellor Rolin. 1435. Louvre, Paris.

    Jan van Eyck was active in the time of the Northern Renaissance and is considered one of the best artists of that time. The date of his birth is unknown (possibly before 1395). He moved to the city of Bruges, which was the favorite city of the Dukes of Burgundy. He entered service for the powerful and influential Philip the Good (“Jan Van Eyck,” 2012). The Medici Family also opened up a branch of their bank in Bruges, which opened many doors for opportunities. The Medici family also supported many painters and architects. Van Eyck is credited with the invention of the oil-glazing technique, which replaced the earlier egg-tempera method (“The Northern Renaissance,” n.d.). A few of his paintings include “Portrait of Giovanni Amolfini and his Wife,” “The Ghent Altarpiece,” and “Madonna in the Church.

    This artwork “Madonna and Chancellor Rolin,” illustrates the influence of royalty on van Eyck. In the picture is Chancellor Rolin, Duchy of Burgundy. This painting first caught my eye because of the angel placing the crown onto the Virgin’s head. The baby is on “platform” on the Virgin’s legs, which means it is on the “Throne of Wisdom,” while being blessed by Rolin. The book is thought to be the “Book of Hours,” a devotional book (“Madonna of Chancellor…,” 2012). Eyck shows in great detail the beautiful architecture: the carvings on the walls, the tile on the floor, and the glass windows. Of course the scenery outside is gorgeous: the children enjoying the view, the town to the left and right, the mountains, the river and the bridge. The features of their clothing are in fine quality, as well as the hems of each robe.

    Works Cited

    “Jan Van Eyck.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 24 May 2012. Web. 31 May 2012. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan_van_Eyck&gt;.

    “Madonna of Chancellor Rolin.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 29 May 2012. Web. 31 May 2012. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madonna_of_Chancellor_Rolin&gt;.

    “The Northern Renaissance.” The Northern Renaissance. Web. 31 May 2012. <http://robinurton.com/history/Renaissance/northrenaiss.htm&gt;.

    • emlyngholm 12:16 PM on June 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I really enjoyed Jan van Eyck’s works. His attention to detail is phenomenal and the light and color are amazing.

      The information you included about van Eyck’s life and about the painting’s religious message is interesting and you made good use of citations, but it seems like you forgot to connect your analysis to a Renaissance theme. You talk a lot about the detail in the painting; it seems like the influence of Gothic architecture and art would be a good choice of theme. You also didn’t really describe your personal reaction to the work; you mention why it caught your eye but not much else. What did you like about it?

    • fipf86 3:13 PM on June 4, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      At first glance, I was not going to comment on this painting because nothing stood out to me. Then I noticed the angel hovering over the woman’s shoulder with her bright colored wings. I find it odd how the angel almost blends in with the rest of the wall, but it is the wings that the artist chose to make stand out. My eyes veer toward, not to the people as one may thing, but to the world that rests beyond the window of the room. The detail presented caught me by surprise with the use of different colors upon the river, almost as if I can see the reflection of the sky within the river. The intricate designs within the tiles of the floor was the next thing I noticed. The artist could have gone a much simpler route in the floor design, but much like the other paintings during this time period, extensive detail has been carried throughout the painting. The one thing I see in this painting is that the artist is trying to create realism within the figures, but it still has a 2 dimensional look to it, something I feel Hans Holbein did an awesome job at doing (giving a painting a 3 dimensional look).

    • Caitlin Kroener 4:18 PM on June 7, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Great citations! I like how you open the introduction with the artist, title, place and time of creation, along with a brief history of the artist and it’s influences. Your writing style is very clear and straightforward. However, why do you like this painting? Why did you choose this painting? Was it because of all the detail of facial expressions and the outdoor scene or was it more of the meaning behind the painting that you liked or found intriguing? The concept of this painting seems quite unusual. It really does seem to be representing royalty and the power of royalty. As an artist, Eyck, must have found much support from the wealthy royalty, and perhaps this painting is a tribute to an act of patronage. After all, one of the influences that you stated, was of the Medici family.
      Overall, your analysis is substantial and you have a great writing style. There were just a few details, that I noted were missing (such as why you like the painting).
      I think paintings like these, if indeed they are portraying the influences of royalty, were overdone in that time and not as interesting as more fantasy/imaginative works.

    • jsteffes2 5:17 PM on June 10, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I think you did a great job on assessing all the requirements. A little more on why you liked it would be good but you did mention why it caught your eye and how gorgeous the scenery is in the background. Also maybe a connecting sentence or two on how Jan van Eyck was influenced specifically by the political and religious happenings. I appreciate this painting more having read your comments and insights on it because I wouldn’t have noticed much about it otherwise. These kinds of paintings that feature royals don’t interest me as much as others that drifted from the norms of their time. I have to agree with the comments made here that when I look at this painting I am not focusing on the people up close but rather enjoying the landscape that the window frames. In conclusion I think your post was adequate and was very informative and perceptive.

  • marcelinelee 12:44 PM on May 30, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Intro — 

    Hello! I’m Marceline Lee and I’m looking forward to this class! Very exciting 🙂

    • Lisa Kljaich 3:09 PM on June 1, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      testing blog moderation

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