ART OF THE AGES

Nicole's Art Gallery

An interesting Japanese artwork of a cat from the early 20th century, this painting uses colors on silk (hanging scroll). The piece is representational, displaying a cat and nature behind it. It's a beautiful piece of artwork that, in my opinion, helps represent Japanese art around this time. The colors are saturated and mute, yet the painting still perfectly depicts what it’s trying to convey. I like the simplicity of it and I appreciate the feeling of cultural identity within it.
Made in 2014 in Ermatingen, Switzerland, this graffiti piece is an outstanding and intricate abstract artwork. Reaching 90 cm and stretching 120 cm, the graffiti has small details that are fun to catch. The art is colorful and certainly abstract. The mix of realism, such as the houses, and the abstract nonsensical art is intriguing to me, and I really like this piece of art. The signature, a small temple-like symbol, can be found on the side of a building wall within the artwork.
A brown ram's head used as the foundation for a drinking cup, this piece from the 400s (BC) has an incredible amount of intricacy. Not much is known about it besides the era of the cup and the medium. The art piece was made using terracotta. The ram's head seems to have been carved smoothly on the face and painted to perfectly resemble a ram. The cup part of the artwork has painted images of humanoid figures. In my opinion, the work seems to have a Greek or Roman influence. It's really interesting to consider whether or not this drinking cup was actually used, and if so, who used it? This piece is representational.
Clearly, Vincent van Gogh is one of the most popular and well-known artists to have lived, and for good reason. Because of its simplicity that somehow mirrors its beauty, Sunflowers is my favorite of van Gogh's pieces. It is representational, a still life painting made in France. The sunflowers are depicted as dying, which can certainly be open to many interpretations. The piece uses different shades of yellow to give the painting a certain ambience.
This is a representational painting at the size of 633 x 471 cm in length. Made in the 1730's, the depiction of Venice is vividly detailed and currently in The Toledo Museum of Art. It was painted in Europe by a man known as Canaletto. Venice, with its ports, water, and people, was intriguing to Canaletto. The artwork is extremely beautiful with its detailed actions and ambient display of the city. I appreciate the detail of this specific painting, mostly in the realist people and buildings.
Made by Jacob de Backer in the late 1500's, this is a representational piece of art that depicts a story. With little detail known about the story unfolding besides the title, it is easy to leave the piece to interpretation despite its representational nature. It was made using oil on canvas and it was created in Italy. The mention of Paris and Helen in the title suggest a mythological theme of the painting. Helen's nudity and distressed stance are intriguing in the suggestion of the art.
This colorful and vibrant piece of art is currently in the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University. It was made in the late 1400's with the help of employees from Benozzo Gozzoli's workshop. It is a painting using tempera on panel. I find that the painting's religious themes are quite interesting, especially in the meeting of woman surrounding Jesus as a child. The details of the altar piece are brilliant, and convey a realistic theme of the painting. The ambience of the painting gives off a pleasant celestial feeling when viewing it, which I find enjoyable.
Another religious themed painting, though this one depicts an observation of all types of people viewing Jesus rather than just a women themed art piece. This gothic altarpiece painting, made using tempera on panel, is saturated and not too vibrant. The theme of the altarpiece almost seems somber. Painted by Ambrogio Lorenzetti in 1342, it is meant for the St. Crescentius chapel. While the colors aren't too bright, the details are rigorous and apparent in the representational painting.
This is an old but valuable find that dates all the way back to the 800s (BC). It stands as a lion head made using basalt. The piece is intriguing because, while the image of a lion is clearly apparent, there are additional lines and patterns along the lion's head. This piece was found in Carchemish around 1911-1914. The head is said to come from the Neo-Hittite era and was used to decorate buildings and/or monuments. The piece currently stays with the British Museum.
This piece is a Greek creation. It is classified as a vessel and it stands at about 7.2 cm. The most intriguing and beautiful thing about this vase (or vessel/jar) is the intricate and nicely scripted designs on the exterior of the jar. Apparently, the designs are meant to be the tentacles of an octopus, with only six tentacles remaining. The significance of the octopus and overall design make this vase a valuable and expressive piece of artwork. I really like the delicacy and simplicity of the scripted patterns.
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