The difference between the reproduction and the original is the same as the difference between a tel

The difference between the reproduction and the original is the same as the difference between a tel

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The difference between the reproduction and the original is the same as the difference between a television screen and a movie theater screen – from the reproduction one can get the general sense and idea of the painting, but only by seeing the original one can actually feel like being in the painting as in real life. The size of The Last Day of Pompeii is the key element of its splendor and magic. Looking at a reproduction, many critics find the painting “dull and uninspiring” (Rice 54) or it is difficult for them “to see in the painting anything to justify [the] enthusiasm” (Lord 214). I strongly disagree with these critics, because, having seen the canvas several times, I declare that it is as alive as life itself. The size of the figures only adds to the painting’s realistic qualities. The whole action in the painting strikingly resembles a theatrical stage. The figures are carefully positioned in groups; accurately drawn bodies
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Unformatted text preview: of the characters resemble the ones of the classic sculpture. The painting, just like sculpture, shows the figures and the action frozen in a single moment, yet this moment seems to last for eternity. Despite being captured and frozen, the scene is very dynamic with people and animals running and struggling. The dramatic effect is achieved not only through the show of a number of emotions, but also by strong chiaroscuro and “a whole sea of highlights” (Gogol). The colors are dynamic too – Briullov uses a powerful red and black for the background, as well as yellow, gold, blue, green. The brushstroke is very accurate even for such a large painting; the paint is applied thinly and gives a light and flowing effect to the fabrics. As a source of light, Briullov uses the strong lightning, which hits the center of the painting, where we see a dead woman. All these elements symbolize destruction -- the ultimate fate of the people of Pompeii....
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