Art with a side of death

    Throughout History death is incorporated in art. The incorporation of death is often an outlook on an emotion or physical aspects. Death within the arts is often exaggerated and has the ability to gain compassion and sympathy from the audience. Death to most cultures is seen as a negative thing; It is often a time of grief and a time to miss the ones we lost. Art has a good way of portraying the reaction of those involved in the picture based on an event like death. Clothing, facial expressions, the setting, even lighting and shading are things that are important to look for while trying to recognize if it relates to death. In other cultures death can be viewed as a positive aspect of life. Death is also known for being a new beginning. People spend their entire lives trying to make sure that they can abide by rules and regulations to help gain a good spot in an after life of some sort. Art can portray stories that give the exact words or view points of a person who spent their time on earth. Some people wonder how their life after death is going to play out, while others spend the rest of their days wondering who and what they will be when their current life ends. Art can be defined in different eras and can even be defined by different religions. Death is an inevitable part of life for all of us. For some the  it is the end and others its just a new beginning and the art created around these views are unique and incredible all at once. Death will always be apart of life and art encompasses every aspect of life, including death. Art with a side of death.  

In the famous biblical story of David and Goliath, David proves his worthiness to fight Goliath by recounting the story of how he saved his sheep from a lion. Most people know the famous story of David and Goliath. David a young shepherd boy volunteers to go against a giant, Goliath. Many artists have attempted to recreate the image of David, including Bernini, Donatello and Michelangelo. Every time, David has been depicted before, during or after the epic battle that would be forever synonymous with underdog victories. What is interesting about this painting is that it references a part of the story of David and Goliath, rather than the fight itself. This scene is what David refers to when trying to convey his worthiness to fight Goliath, by recounting his experience fighting wild beasts that threatened his flock. In this painting, death is a symbol of victory and worthiness rather than sadness. After the American civil war, there was an upsurge of Americans who sought art training in Paris. Although women were more welcomed in the art world, they were still banned from studying at the prestigious École des Beaux-Arts. Undaunted, Elizabeth J.G. Bouguereau enrolled in private classes. In 1868 she was one of the first women to exhibit at the Paris Salon, a feat not easily forgotten. Bouguereau focused mainly on biblical, historical or religious subject-matter. David’s pose reflects the artist’s knowledge of classical sculpture and painting. The chalkiness and paleness of David’s skin work against the muted blues and earth-tones of the background. This works to give David an otherworldly appearance. She used smooth brush strokes to give the painting the appearance of being frozen in time. Something else that is very important is David’s expression and pose. David looks up at the sky with his hand facing palm up gesturing up to the heavens and god as a thank you.
This representation of St. Francis Xavier depicts his death as peaceful. There is significance in the shed above his head, the Naval ships in the background and the techniques used St. Francis Xavier was one of the Church’s most well-known missionaries. St. Francis was a well-rounded individual. He sailed with companions from Portugal to India, where he learned new languages and set about translating scriptures for the use of converting others to Christianity. For more than a decade, St Francis Xavier labored tirelessly to spread faith to scattered peoples all around Asia, including China which was still closed to outsiders. Although he convinced-bribed-a ship’s captain to smuggle him into china, he sadly was stricken with fever days after he arrived. The shed above St. Francis’ head represents the vow that he took of poverty and chastity, even in death. The halo around his head symbolizes his sainthood, along with the cherubs resting softly above the shed. The darker colors in the painting draw more attention to the halo as well and create a dramatic scene that fits the baroque period perfectly. In the background, we can see naval ships, but it isn’t clear if the ships are coming or going. These ships symbolize St Francis Xavier’s immense travels and his worldly travels. More abstractly, the naval ships can signify his final voyage to god.
Death of a person in a photo is definitely prominent to the viewer due to the structure of the characters body, facial features,color schemes and shading. Death is dark and dreary in this photo the Gustavo Adolfo is on his death bed he looks stiff and the character is in black with black shading in the background simple and clear as day to recognize death by the way it is being portrayed.
This self portrait portrays death as a victory. Death of the hare to be a symbol of life and how the world works. The ecosystem allows each element of nature to benefit us. The hare survived in life by different elements of nature and different creatures and so this hunter can have a meal and life a healthy life. "Good Eating" is a sign of wealth but hunters are proud people who like to show off the catch of the day.This particular picture shows the sublime feeling of this catch, so much so it was important enough to capture the post hunt in a photograph.
This oil painting illustrates the final moments of Socrates' life after refusing to renounce his religious beliefs. The 1787 neoclassical painting illustrates all thirteen subjects wearing vibrant colors and positioned from different angles while playing with tones, lighting and shades . The subjects appear to be in a dungeon , while the light shines down on them, as though it were representing hope or grace : non of the subjects look toward the light as though they are ashamed , and they know their fate. They all appear to hang their head in grief / sorrow as though they can't stop the fate of Socrates. The chain represent them being trapped , the single pitcher represents famine and how little they have to share among themselves (starvation, which will eventually lead to death ) . Aside from the look of gloom , sadness and misery of everyone's face , the only subject looking directly towards the viewer waves goodbye as if it were the last.
Gassed is a very large oil painting completed in March 1919 by John Singer Sargent. It portrays death as heroic while depicting the aftermath of a mustard gas attack during the First World War, with a line of wounded soldiers being led towards a treatment tent. He personality witnessed this moment at the age of 62. These men in the painting are basically coming face to face with death. They may never see again or even survive at all.
This painting depicts the Crucifixion of Christ on a wooden cross with what appears to be his beliefs/ commandments above his head. He looks up to the blackened sky while his unevenly proportioned body is held up by nails. He appears to await mercy or conformation because he is obviously in pain but he looks understanding. behind him lies darkness and a pathway leading to a mini village . The pathway also leads to his cross which houses bones and skeletons at his feet , the remains are a sign of death , all living things must come to an end , we all have to die ( momento mori) . Behind the skeletons are three horses that carry three men who appear to be fleeing the scene of the crucifixion without looking back . While above Christ the sky is very dark and gloomy , there are still patches of blue and white (peaceful colors) which seem to have been swallowed by the darkness of death and the look of Christ's face , waiting for what was to come ... his death.
This is an oil painting of Mary Magdalene. She is one of the principal repentant saints in Christian art. Originally a prostitute, Mary Magdalene was converted by Christ's teachings. In this painting her mouth is slightly open symbolizing her saying a prayer while looking up into heaven. Magdalene’s symbols are a Bible and cross which are placed in the right.
Death can be both good and bad and in this particular image the perspective the artist is portraying is somebody who had their final satisfying word. As a matyr who dies with no regrets. The death of a sucessful person is displayed on this picture as in a tranquility setting and a peaceful death. Death can also be a complete torture but this picture rules out any crucial extravagant pain. People fear death because life is precious and I like to view death as the end of your journey the cousin of sleep. David a former friend of Marat's glorifies his death as a hero. Instead of being realistic of the bloody crime scene, David displays Marat's death in a way that shows innocence makes it as he died peacefully. David shows Marat with a laceration on his chest where he was stabbed and writting utensil on his right hand, the other hand holding a petition. He wanted to express Marat's dignity of how the sacrifice made for utilizing his freedom of speech. David saw his friend as a political matyr and that was the reason why in the drawing his right hand similar to how jesus was held after he was taken off the cross. When I see this picture I see a beautiful lie. Well because being murdered is never what anybody wants. But my perspective is that David didn't want to portray an explicit crime scene but instead honoring his friend, as a person who fulfilled his destiny. A strong view of a Neoclassical painting and how the contrast of colors is so profound. As you can see the backround is black and everything is plain. What stands out are the objects that are with him such as the pen, tub, bath cloth, box and the knife he was murdered with. A person who had skin disease was shown so healthy and strong. His arm hanging down is the strongest part of the painting. So as you see death can be depicted as either a glorious finish or a regretful reminiscing. The black backround represents his solitary loneliness and death approaching.
Presented to the public in 1983 , this oil on canvas painting depicts the mourning Abradates of what appears to be wealthy subjects. The neoclassical painting features vibrant colors and lighting with six subjects . The subject of the painting looks down in tears while pointing away while standing beside men whispering with facial expressions of concern/ shock , though the figure in gazing in the opposite direction of the opposite direction appears to be unaffected by the events in his environment. The artist appears to play with colors by faintly highlighting above the heads of two men in the painting. The largest figure in the painting embodies the title. Though no one is happy in the painting , they seem well enough : while he weeps his loss. In the painting he looks down as if he were gazing at his loss , almost as if he were shaking or hanging his head in grief or disbelieve.
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