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created earlier during the Italian Renaissance, the subject is glorified in a way that would be typical of Biblical characters; however, she was simply the wife of the rich patron whom it was commissioned for. "In the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries the individual portrait of a middle-class person more often than not had a particular purpose" (Zollner, 1993). The pretentious nature of commissioned portraiture was something that resembled religious idolatry, which was controversial at the time.MediumRembrandt purposefully uses a buildup of oil on canvas when he created "Aristotle with a Bust of Homer". The buildup of paint created a very dark painting, which shows the darkness of Rembrandt's life during his final years. He clearly has an admiration for both Homer and Aristotle but does so with a weary skepticism. On the other hand, "Mona Lisa" is also oil on poplar but is more brightly displayed. This is most likely due to the fact that this portrait was
commission for a man in appreciation of his wife; this is clear due to the soft features of her face and the bright and warm colors that encompass the painting.Thesis StatementDespite being created in two different countries in two very different periods of time, both the "Mona Lisa" and "Aristotle with a Bust of Homer" show the progression into the era of realism with the focus being on showing the most elaborate detail possible in order to convey the strongest meaning. AudienceThe ideal audience for my presentation is anyone who has a hard time understanding impressionist, surrealist, or Byzantine art. Realism a theme many people can understand which makes it universally appealing. MessageI will tailor my presentation to my audience by connecting the theme of realism depicted in the two works to the way we perceive modern pieces of art today and the societal value the ideology of realism has on humanity. I will do this by elaborating on how these two groundbreaking worksfor their time period are part of what sparked the rampant growth of realism based ideologies thatwent on to foster rational thought rather than divine judgement. I will then close my presentation with connecting the value of realism in modern day culture to significant events that have occurred and caused societal progression.
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