Vibrant Music            Bailey Perkins

The theme of this gallery is the colors of music. Music comes in various forms and therefor, many different styles. In this gallery we will be exploring the many colors that artists have chosen to represent music and the emotions the evoke as you look at these paintings.

Music Machine, Sonni, 2010/2013, From the collection of: graffitimundo
This first painting perfect harnesses the feel of music. The artist uses vibrant colors to invoke a soothing and loving mood. Several faces can be found in the piece, most with either a happy or relaxed facial expression.
Musical Group on a Balcony, Gerrit van Honthorst, 1622, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
This one is interesting. The artist depicted these people playing music and dancing, almost as if we are looking up and over a bannister. In fact, the outline of the bannister surrounds the subjects and gives you a picture frame inside of the overall painting. 70% of the painting is blue sky, which will give the viewer a calming sensation, almost as if they can just sit back, relax, and enjoy the music.
Still Life with Musical Instruments and Books, Bartholomeo Bettera, Mid-17th century, From the collection of: The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
This painting is more on the darker side of music. It doesn't contain vibrant colors, but instead, simply shows us instruments from the 17th century. The piano sits atop a red and black cloth and everything is backed by a dark background. This gives me a curious mindset and partial puts me on edge. I wonder what the artist's state of mind was when creating this.
Musical Angel, Rosso Fiorentino, Around 1522, From the collection of: Uffizi Gallery
In this, the artist depicts a biblical cherub playing music. He looks sad or bored even and is just plucking away at the strings. The artists used both orange and yellow in this painting. These colors both give the felling of joy, happiness, and enthusiasm, but the cherub's face does not depict any of these emotions.
Musical Society, Niccolo Renieri, 17th century - 17th century, From the collection of: The Art Museum RIGA BOURSE
This painting from the 17th century depicts a woman playing the piano while two other women sing. This scene is classic, as we see it a lot these days in movies. The overall colors are dark as if it was depicting them in a theater, performing for a crowd.
Amateurs of Tye-Wig Music ('Musicians of the Old School'), Edward Francis Burney, c.1820, From the collection of: Tate Britain
When looking at this painting, I see a very busy scene of a large group playing music from the colonial era. The title of the piece states they are amateurs, so I feel this painting is of them practicing all together. Overall, the colors look muddy and my eyes are drawn to the man in white playing the violin.
Company Making Music, Wouter Crabeth I, late 1620s, From the collection of: Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest
This painting depicts another musical group performing a song. The artist again uses darker colors as if to imply a more mellow environment.
Musical Contest between Apollo and Marsyas, Judge King Midas, Giovanni Paolo Panini, around 1760, From the collection of: Museo Diocesano Milano
This image depicts a scene where the Greek god Apollo challenges the satyr Marsyas to a musical contest. In the background there is a fantastic landscape view provide a cool contrast between the warm foreground and the cool background.
Boy playing the Flute, Judith Leyster, c. 1630s, From the collection of: Nationalmuseum Sweden
This painting depicts a little boy playing the flute with a few other instruments in the background. The wall is a neutral color so as to not draw attention away from the boy.
Symphony, Domoto Insho, 1961, From the collection of: Kyoto Prefectural Domoto-Insho Museum of Fine Arts
This by far is my favorite image. Its called Symphony, and I feel like the artist painted this while listening to their favorite symphony and just painting their mood and emotions. The outside is painted both yellow and blue and really contrasts with the black lines in the middle.
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