MCA 5 Romanticism

Every age projects its own image in the arts. Following and in ways coexisting with the neoclassical period, the Romantic period lasted from around 1800 to 1850. Characterized by its glorification of the past, and the centralized theme of the feeling of the scene, not its reason. Romanticism scenes are also characterized by their use of color as energy, giving the feel of what is intended to be occurring, directly, and indirectly. Two very renowned romanticist artists were William Blake and Eugene Delacroix. Focusing on the glorification of the past these talented painters would leave behind them masterpieces that would inspire humans to this day.

This painting by William Blake depicts a scene from Dante's trips through Hell. Surrounded by lions, wolves, and panthers, Dante is saved by an angel, getting him out of that deadly situation. This painting excellently displays heroism, from the angel, and also gives off the feeling of protection from the scene. There is also a sense of energy from the angel, portrayed by the light colors of the rising sun. Here is an audio caption describing the scene from Dante's inferno: http://static.tate.org.uk/1/learning/worksinfocus/blake/audio/mp3/dante_01.mp3
This painting is an illustration of Matthew 27:66. "So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard". The symbolism in the watch is that of the resurrection of Jesus in three days. A perfect example of Romanticism technique is the glorification of this time, and the feeling of gloom and sorrow within the darker colors of the tomb wall.
This piece of art is a depiction of Mary and baby Jesus. Showing the glory of the beginning of the life Of Jesus, something that happened far in the past. What is also depicted is the light from the halos giving a feeling of rejoice and positive energy.
This painting by Delacroix shows an Assyrian king (Sardanapalus) getting rid of everything he loved because he knew he was in military defeat. There is an excellent use of the Romantic sense of energy. As the video perfectly describes, the objects and women on the floor are curved like flames, licking up onto the bed of the corruption of the king. You also notice these also shaped people, rather unrealistic, but it gives that feeling of a demonic tone.
This painting by Delacroix shows Jesus Christ in the Sea of Galilee during a storm. He is awaken by one of his apostles, who is worried about the storm, waves and wind. Jesus stops the storm, after which saying "Why are you afraid? Do you not have faith?" An excellent example of the Romantic style here is in the feeling of relief and heroism form Jesus Christ.
This painting is of the Landscape at Champrosay France. While not being the most recognizable form, the Romantic period did have spark in the painting of landscapes. One could say that it gives the painter a sense of pride for ones country, that his nation was home to such beautiful landscape.
This painting shows the some guards in the city of Meknes in Morocco. Delacroix was inspired greatly by this different culture when traveling to meet the Sultan of Morocco. As most of his paintings do, there is a feeling of this scene. You get a sense of the protection of the guards, with the flickering light of what appears to be a fire also giving that warm, protected sound sense.
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