Music as an emotion

We can all hear music but how many of us feel it or even see it? In these pieces I wanted to attempt just that.

Allegory of Vanity (Vanitas), Leonaert Bramer, 1630/1650, From the collection of: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien
In this image we have a light versus dark contrast. The woman is surrounded by objects she loves, yet she remains alone. The strongest light comes from a halo effect around the woman.
Still life with Musical Instruments, Books and Sculpture, Evaristo Baschenis, circa 1650, From the collection of: Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
There is a strong focal point on the instruments and books. The light versus dark is evident with the darker background and the lighter foreground.
Musical company with Bacchus, Theodoor Rombouts, 1628 - 1630, From the collection of: The Kremer Collection
There are a lot of light colors used. The shapes are clearly defined. The emotion comes off as enjoyment.
Music and Dance Teacher, Kim Jun-geun, 1850/1950, From the collection of: Korea Data Agency
This piece has easily identifiable lines that form the shape of three humans. There really isn't use of shadows or any thing else. There is a lot of negative space.
Musical Group, Callisto Piazza (Calisto de la Piaza da Lodi), Italian (active Lodi and Brescia), first documented 1524, died 1561, 1520s, From the collection of: Philadelphia Museum of Art
The light in this picture allows for a focal point on the musicians in the center. Shapes are clearly defined. One has a round hat, the people are clearly defined.
Musical Angel, Rosso Fiorentino, Around 1522, From the collection of: Uffizi Gallery
There aren't too many colors used in this piece, but the values in light and dark are enough. The use of yellow in the guitar offer an overall warm feeling to this piece.
Saint Francis Consoled by the Musical Angel, Agostino Carracci after Francesco Vanni, 1595, From the collection of: National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
The line use in this piece allows for shadows as well as to define the shapes of the human, the angel, and other various objects.
A Woman playing a Clavichord, Gerrit Dou, c.1665, From the collection of: Dulwich Picture Gallery
The light in this piece is off to the left as if the sunlight is coming in from the window. The rest of the piece remains mostly in the dark. However, the shape of the woman is defined. We can see her playing her instrument.
The Music Lesson, Gerard ter Borch (Dutch, 1617 - 1681), about 1668, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
In this panting, the colors are brighter on the student, a contrast next to the teacher in darker colors. This also serves as a focal point. The eye is immediately drawn to the student.
Musical Conversation, Marcellus Laroon the Younger, 1679–1772, British, ca. 1760, From the collection of: Yale Center for British Art
The colors in the piece are dull, almost muted. The movement with the crowd is clearly shown. We can see the crowd gathered around the musicians. We can also see people entering the room as well.
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