war can be beautiful - narciso wessman

This gallery depicts the ugly and dark side of humanity in a beautifully colorful manner; represented mostly by paintings but a bowl from the 13th Century and a piece of wall art is included showing that war usually destroys many things in it's path leaving few things for future generations.

The Crusaders taking a final break prior to pushing on into Jerusalem in the 1st Crusades. Lessing used light browns, yellows, grey and off whites to depict the sand dust being kicked up by the horses and troops in the background. He brilliantly uses bright colors on the clothing of the Crusaders. Of particular interest is the detail of the chain mail and more colorful clothing that the knights are wearing in comparison to the darker clothed troops without mail chain showing their class of citizenry.
A crowd of Knights gather to accept the cloth red cross in support of the Crusade against the Muslim nation in the Holy Land. Their families in tow, some supporting others pleading not to go. In the background the vertical and horizontal lines of the buildings showcase the artists steady hands. The angles and curvature creating movement used on the people dramatically depict a seemingly live scene. The bright and/or rich colors of the women's garb clearly showing their husband's social status.
The use of perspective in this piece successfully depicts the vast scape of this battle from the shores the castle in Constantinople. The angles of the poses in the warriors shows movement as well as the flags and guidons. The dark waters and the dark cloud filled sky evokes an emotion of dread and darkness as one might feel on battlefield.
Through the use of dark and light lines, this artist is able to achieve a sense of color detail without the use of colors. The study of the human anatomy is displayed by the lifelike rendering of men in motion frozen in time.
Small and simple, yet elegant. The characters in this piece are the focus through the use of striking colors. The Knights burning for heresy and other "crimes" are shown looking to the skies for salvation. The Pope and his men looking on with indifference while one executioner cannot even look. The victims are shown lower and smaller than the victors who are on horseback and appear larger is a tip of the hat to past artists who used size ratios to differentiate the good guy from the bad.
This piece is highlighted by the awesome columns and buildings in the background. Interestingly, the focal points on this piece appears to be the soldier on the bottom left, the horse in the center right, and soldier in the bottom right. Lively colors are used in those areas while the rest of the painting uses plain, almost lifeless hues.
The backdrop for this piece is dull and plain causing the eye to focus on the characters who are vibrantly colored and detailed. The curves of Armida's top suggest that she was lunging to kill Rinaldo but was stopped in the nick of time by lust and love - ergo Cupid.
This piece is another interpretation of the last one with the addition of a nymph. Here, the physical flesh of all the characters are vibrant while the rest of painting is almost cyanotic in nature, save for Armida's drew and the gold tassel left of Rinaldo.
A bowl from the 13th century showing a woman with some type of spool. The details are not grandiose as one would expect from a professional artist using only blacks, blues and browns. The woman herself appears almost cartoonish likened to something an amateur or a child would create. The fact that a piece of art could be created at all says something about the wealth of the family to whom this bowl belonged.
This was part of wall original constructed to protect Muslims within it. The beautifully carved Arabic calligraphy attests to the artists' skills. The superimposed coats of arms were obviously carved in by a unskilled artisan (Soldier), showing, almost disrespectfully like a rival gang taking over another's territory, that we (Christians) own this area now, as evidenced by the crude, asymmetrical carvings as if he used a dagger and rock to make the carvings.
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