Exam 1 - works of art

Exam 1 - works of art - Specific Works of Art Vermeers Lady...

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Specific Works of Art Vermeer’s Lady with the Scale o Why its different than other pictures of lady’s with scales in that time period Darker lighting Portrait in the back of the picture – last judgment Mirror on the wall – Dutch heavy frame around it Vanitas = all is vanity, transitoriness of life, time is passing as well as beauty, warning to men, beauty will pass at some judgment day, very meaningful in art o Other vanitas symbols – skull, burnt candle, globe, fresh flowers - Scale is not being used Justice – only figure in art history with empty scales, weighs both good and evil Much simpler Has pearls Appears in bible four times, often means virginity o Meanings All parts of the painting must support the general theme She is a visual representation of divine justice. She is lady justice, the mirror and painting behind her make the message more powerful. The viewer should not be distracted by beauty (mirror), worldly goods (pearls), heat and lust (furnace). Make sure you realize that as time goes on and in the end you want to have good outweigh the bad. She’s deciding whether to use her pearls, loose her virginity, live her life this way, or not. Dutch pictures are often moral lessons, they didn’t associate with religion they used painting instead. They often did this by putting a picture within a picture. Facts o Last judgment – moment that happens at the end of time, Jesus comes again as “second coming,” he gathers all of the people and judges them and deems whether they should go to heaven or hell o Instruments – in order to make music you must be in harmony, if there are two people playing they are often sending lustful messages to each other
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Jan Van Eyck Arnolfini Portrait – 1434 Panofsky’s interpretation o One of first iconologists – very well known o Belief that the portrait represents marriage and newlyweds o Panofsky built this theme on real life evidence Man’s hand gesture, like he’s taking an oath Man holding woman’s hand, they must be in physical contact A ring must be present, it’s on her hand o This was their marriage license, proof o Odd symbols Two pairs of shoes in portrait, one mans and one woman’s – bible story – God tells moses to take of your shoes because he’s on holy ground suggests that the room they are in is very scared Dog in foreground - faithfulness, mans best friend suggests that there is a faithful union between there people FIDO – Fides – Fidelity Chandelier has five candle places, but holds only one
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