Ragnarok

Of course the colors first jumped at me when browsing through Qatar's museum pictures on this google site. I used to take 15 mile runs through Qatar and would run by this museum by the coast but never entered. I can't believe that a glass jar this old is still in great condition. I can picture cold clean water in it for someone important in the Egyptian kingdom. I can't keep a mug longer than a year.
While deployed in UAE, I had a local friend give me a piece of emerald as a gift to remember our friendship. This piece triggered that memory. I can't look at an emerald now without those thoughts. I zoomed in to this image to get a better look at the inscription hoping to recognize something but did not. I'm really curious as to what the emerald says in English. I'm also curious as to how they made the item without chipping off the edges and making it useless.
This title is not what first came to my mind. The women in the middle east are mysterious but not malicious looking. I do like the addition of colored sand around the edge. I think they draw out the colors in the image more than if they were not used. After reading the description about the piece, I realized it was a mixed media and not a painting. I had to look up what mixed media meant for it was the first time I have heard that term. I do find it interesting that the artist would use someone wearing a name brand product for the piece.
I spent some time in northern Australia and wanted to find something that caught my eye on this google site. I've always been intrigued by the Aborigines but never really looked at what they consider art. I first thought this painting was actually a woven object or blanket of some sort until I read the description. I know that the image online can't give it much detail as in person but this is a great try at making it look like a real blanket. I have one that is very similar and they used silk and very small beads.
I'm by far not an art expert and most likely will never be, but when I first looked at this I almost laughed. It is so ugly. I zoomed in to see more detail to see if maybe there would be some hidden details given it a more majestic appeal but did not see any. My daughter has a similar looking item but it is a play piece and is plastic. Looking past my initial thoughts, I'm curious as to how long it took the maker to create the pendant. There are so many small details and loops of metal that it had to take a very long time.
I'm curious as to why this is classified as silverware. It looks like a belt to me. There really isn't much of a description on the page and I wish there was so I can have more to work with. The Red and green jewels on the item remind me of christmas but I'm sure that isn't the reason for the choice of color. The item appears to be from Saxon decent so it may have been from some type of royalty but that information is not given. I tried to look closely to see if there are any indicators as to who or where it came from but I don't have the knowledge to determine that.
I don't recall ever hearing of Pierre-Denis Martin but I did know of the Chateau de Fontainebleau. I took French class in high school and we covered this beautiful estate a bit. I still can't believe how much difference there was between the poor and rich. No wonder the French had so many revolutions and unrest in their state. I will say that Pierre did an amazing job of painting so many details to make this piece look so lifelike and almost like a photograph. It also even looks like maybe he was trying to make the image look like it was around dusk or dawn.
I do not envy artist sometimes. I could not imagine working for someone as ruthless as Napoleon or any other dictator. It must have been nerve-racking to spend a tremendous amount of time on a piece not knowing if the person you are making it for will like it or not. And in the is case, live or die according to whether Napoleon will like it or not. The throne stood out to me right away too. I once sat in Saddam Hussein's throne in Bagdad and it felt so good. I would love to sit just a moment in Napoleon's throne too.
This image threw me off guard while browsing the pieces. First of all was the size of the structure. Something this large didn't seem right for the year it was painted. Then I noticed the short white streak on the bottom left of the structure. I tried to zoom in to see if there was a hidden object or reason for the white part but could not detect anything. While I was zoomed in, I couldn't help but notice all the details! How does an artist get all those details in their work? And the last thing that jumped out at me was the cloud or smoke on the right side of the building. I can't determine which one it is and it's driving me nuts.
In high school many many years ago, I took two years of French. I loved the class when we were talking about the French painters and their work. I know this is probably one that almost everyone likes, but I have a little connection with it. These paintings always seem to look better when you look at them from further away. I don't understand why. Everything is all fuzzy up close. It's like what the world looks like to me when I take my glasses off. I can't believe that a family donated this piece to a college. It seems to me that this is worth a lot of money to be hung up at a college.
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