I chose each of these images because this course added to the appreciation that I had for realism. All of these images were chosen because not only for the intricate detailing, but because they have hidden meanings and stories behind them, along with being lifelike.
Each of these images relates to the course material as we learned about in module 2 and module 4. Some of these images contain icons like the wine and bread, which have the symbolic meaning of the body and blood of Christ. While others relate to the idea of realism in the sense that is it depicting something as the eye would see it. In each of the images the artist has created an illusion through the use of pigment, shadows and light to make these images seem lifelike and realistic. All of these factors in combination allow this portrait to feel life-like and real for the viewer, causing the viewer to believe that it is reflecting truth.
The purpose of creating this type of art as defined by Sturken and Cartwright is: “(It’s) function [is] to reflect truths about society and nature back to the subjects in the world (p. 149).” These works encompass the theme of reflexivity as the capture the experience of life.