True Feelings From the Heart By Mathew Joel Marrero

This gallery goes through different ideals and perspectives of love being portrayed throughout the years of 16th-20th century art. Each painting shows a historical window of a time and place being expressed through the eyes of the artist and it's people. Shining a whole new lighted on the complicated emotions that we humans call love. 

From this 16th century painting, Greek Mythology played a impactful role. You can see Mars the God of war and Venus the Goddess of love meeting at the Fountain of Love with Cupid. You can see visually that the painting has unique focus by having the Gods come into frame. You can see the light shine from the right allowing the shading and a contrast of colors to go across their bodies. Giving these Gods perspective a real figure, almost realistic.
Another amazing Greek Mythology painting piece from the 17 century. Portraying the Gods and Goddesses up in heavenly land of Elysium. As they watching the Love boat depart from the cloudy bay. You can see how the focus is primarily on the Gods paying homage to the love boat as the boat is off in the distance. You can see how the colors contrast and fade in the background as the primarily and exaggerated colors appear in the foreground. Allowing the perspective of each God come into focus.
This 18th century painting demonstrates a genre called fete galante. A genre of painting where people gather and socialize in a garden park. As you can see a croup of young people in a park, sitting on a marble statue while a man plays a guitar. From what is depicted you can see that the focus is targeted in the background where the marble statue and the one girl is sitting. This brings into my attention that the girl does not have a partner while the other girls sitting in the foreground do. Of course all of this is portrayed well with remarkable earthly color blends and shades, that allow a compliment and fade into the colors of the people in the foreground. Allowing the perspective of each person to come to surface.
In this 18th century painting it depicts the Garden of Love. A place where cupid dips his arrows in the fountain of love, or which humans can drink to fall in love with one-another. You can see that the main focus is mainly on the couple who have stumbled upon the fountain. You can see the light casts it's warmth of color over the couple. Revealing the shades and colors that create the forms and perspective of their bodies. You can even see the couples' movement as their feet seem to rush as they discover the fountains sight.
This 19th century painting portrays young girls examining ears of wheat. The ideals the artist wants to bring from this painting is the idea of innocence and pure upbringing of rural areas. Depicting these girls as tokens that can be easily loved. This paintings focus of the girls is almost photographic! The sun shining through the fields brings out the complimentary colors of the flowers, grass, and dresses the girls wear. You can see how the contrast of colors allow the field and girls perspective depicted to bloom with ease.
This 19th century painting depicts a young woman looking down at fallen rose petals as a suitor bends down to kiss her hand. The artist symbolizes the fallen petals as the fragile nature that is young love. The primary focus we can see here is the young woman under the over pass. You can see how the sun come from left to right as it shines light on all the contrast of colors from the plant, rose petals, and dress. You can also see the details on her face and dress from the remarkable shading and detailed stroke work to surface realistic perspective.
This 19 century photograph depicts a woman lying back on a chair, where she wallows in the idea that she cannot tell her love what she had wanted. The primary focus is the woman. Judging by how the picture was taken we can see that there is light being casted from the window and flashed from the camera. Allowing a lot of shades of white to portray the motionless perspective of the lady.
Another 19th century that depicts Cupid helpless without his wings, kneeling in front of Venus the Goddess of Love. The meaning behind the painting is left into ones own interpretation. However the perspective with using the shading with using very little color from the background, really brings out the dramatic focusing effect of this painting. It almost seems like Cupid has movement yet, is also still, as Venus comforts the poor child.
A great 20th century painting that portrays a woman siting on a plaint with a feathered quill in hand, ready to write a love letter. This artistic piece has such fine perspective it's almost photographic. You can see all the fine details of the shading of blues that go along the dress that make it flow to the floor. Having the blue dress compliment the red flowery plant on her desk, giving a find contrast for the rest of the painting. I also love the way her left hand is placed on her cheek. Giving the impression that she is thinking of what to write.
"The Kiss" a popular piece from 20th century Goleden Period Europe. It shows two lovers; a man giving a loving kiss on a woman's cheek. You can see that the focus was mostly on mosaic patterns. Watching the movement of the mosaic scattered throughout the couples clothes as it mixes with the contrast of the garden of flowers below them. An interesting uses of gold leaf to brighten out the background and allow the the other brighter and earthy colors to surface.
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