G butterfly and fly and astrological globe show

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g.Butterfly and fly and astrological globe = show contrast between scientific observation and visual representations of nature’s smallest creaturesi.Smallness of creatures CONTRASTS vastness of universeh.Hourglasson book before globe = passage of time. Traditional element in vanitas.i.Composition elements back to 15thcentury especially van eycksGiovanni Arnolfini and his wifei.Rich reds of flowersrepeated in carafe where we see reflection of window and painterii.This was a way to widen viewers field of vision including elements part of larger room that are not part of main painting.j.Addition of artist in small portion of painting stressed her role as creator= increased her importancei.Her importance also decreased bc she’s represented in such a small scaleii.Warnings of vanitas also apply to her AND viewer.XI.Jan Vermeera.Also painted landscapes, but specialty = moralizing pictureand scenes from everydaylife(aka interior scenes)i.Only about 35 pieces attributed to him with any certaintyii.Stands out among dutch baroque artists bc of way he handed lightb.Work provides view into life of Dutch middle class, since he depicted
i.Women – typicallyii.Men – sometimesiii.^ doing everyday household tasksiv.In moments of leisure c.Showed dutch values in comfortable, familiar surroundingsd.Characteristic of work – evenness of focus, making paintings clear and objectivee.Pieces are windows into peaceful spacesf.The Letter (1666)i.Long view into room1.Open doorway, pulled back curtaininvite viewer to scene (characteristic of baroque)2.Normal scene – shows spontaneity 3.Focuses on 2 womena.Seated -lady of houseb.Maid -standing4.Some say maid is lady’s confidante, interruptswith delivery letter5.Various symbols – 17thcentury viewer to guess it was a love lettera.Lute= musically focused on thoughts of loveb.Fireplace= in dutch genre paintings, represented fiery passion of lovec.sailing paintingback wall – 2 interpretationsi.love returnedii.Lady’s passions agitated6.Unattended broom on foreground, embroidery cushion on floor, laundry basket = lady neglected domestic dutyii.not depicting historicallymomentous events, still important bc show 17thcenturydutch life and cultureg.Allegory of the Art of Painting(1670-1675)i.May show artist at work
ii.Wife or mother-in-law named pieceiii.He’s dressed in style of 16thcenturyand gives viewer his back as he focuses on model1.Model = Clio, Muse of History2.Attribute – carries bookiv.Wall = new dutch map of the freed Netherlandsv.Curtainis pulled back, inviting viewer to look invi.Allegorical meaning – unsure1.Vermeer shown hard at work2.Model represents fame(wind instrument is attribute of fame)a.Painting allegory for the fame of PAINTING in Netherlands3.Others say theme is history, since model is Clioa.Painter working – he is in a serving role therefore he cannot be praising paintingb.Clio is celebrated and through her, history (possibly referenced by map)vii.Groundbreaking – handling of light1.

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