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Unformatted text preview: volcano and ruins in the background remind one of Briullov's masterpiece, The Last Day of Pompeii , as his brush and the papers symbolize his occupation. Briullov's formal, poised attitude is flat, however, and ultimately the portrait reveals little about the character and personal drive of the subject. Briullov's self portrait, on the other hand, serves as a mirror for what he saw in himself, and thus provides a window through which we can see something of the man behind the artist. The intensity of his look, his disheveled hair and furrowed brows reveal what symbolic references to his daily occupations in the other painting do not: an independent soul in pursuit of his goals - not afraid of stumbling, but determined not to fall or fail. Thus Briullov achieves a rare level of psychological depth and "ideological realism" in the work in which he was perhaps most faithful --- to himself....
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This note was uploaded on 11/05/2011 for the course ARH ARH2000 taught by Professor Karenroberts during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.
- Fall '10