The Universal Language - Tomar Atkins

The Universal Language is a music themed art gallery that features musicians playing instruments. I created this gallery to display art that was inspired with a music in mind. With music being a part of every culture, I thought this would be a good way to tie together art from different places and different time periods that displays communality among us all.

Comment: The painting has a very festive feel that puts me in a happy mood. Discussion: This work of art created in 1622 by Gerrit van Honthorst depicts a group of musicians on a balcony playing their instruments with people dancing around them appearing to be having a good time. The vertical and horizontal lines chosen to create the balcony gives this paint a feeling of depth as if you are looking up at the people on the balcony, and they are looking down at you.
Comment: The musicians appear to be very tense as if they are looking for approval. Discussion: This work of art created in the 1520’s by Callisto Piazza depicts a group of musicians playing their Instruments in front of someone who appears to be a talent scout. The artist used contrast to put an emphasis on the lead singer of the group and the gentleman that it appears to be a talent scout. The lead singer appears to be in the front with more light, while the background musicians are behind in the shadows.
Comment: The musicians appear to be very in tune a connected with one another. Discussion: This work of art created in the 17th century by Niccolo Renieri depicts three individuals engaging in what appears to be a music rehearsal. The artist created an outside sky in the top right side of the painting to give this piece depth. The sky is also uses to cast light on the piano player, which makes the piano player the focal point of this work.
Comment: The instructor appears to be very patient with his student. Discussion: This work of art is dated about 1668 and was created by Gerard ter Borch. This piece of art depicts an instructor engaged with a student in a guitar lesson. The lines used to create the walls in the background gives this painting a representation of being inside a three dimensional space. The placement of the chair with the dog laying down and the table along the wall in front of the door also give this piece depth.
Comment: The first thing I noticed in this painting was the way the light from the windows fill the room. Discussion: This work of art created between 1662-1665 by Johannes Vermeer depicts a young lady standing beside a piano admiring a young man as he plays the piano. The artist used repetition in the pattern on the floor to create a three dimensional space. The artist also used vertical and horizontal lines to create walls and windows, which gives this piece depth.
Comment: The darkness surrounding the angel and the guitar gives me the idea that the angel in floating. Discussion: This work of art was created around 1522 by Rosso Fiorentino. This piece of art depicts an angel with red and white wings resting the side of his face on a guitar while playing. The position of the spread wings gives this painting balance, while the position of the angel’s fingers on the guitar gives this painting movement
Comment: This painting puts me in a mindset of a nice romantic dinner with music Discussion: This work of art was created between 1628-1630 by Theodoor Rombouts. This work appears to depicts a guitar player sitting at a table tuning his guitar. As he prepares to play for the couple a server appears to be bringing a glass of wine to the table. In this painting the artist used vertical line slightly left of center and two different shades of brown to create a wall in the background, which helps give this painting an appearance of a three dimensional space.
Comment: The young boy appears to be practicing his flute while sparing out of a window Discussion: This work of art created in the 1630’s by Judith Leyster depicts a young boy sitting in a chair playing a flute, with other instruments hanging on the wall behind him. In this painting the artist was able to create the feeling of a three dimensional space using light a shadows.
Comment: These musicians seem to be very in tune with one another. Discussion: This work of art was created between 1744-1747 by Phillipe Mecier. This painting depicts a group of females in harmony with one another playing various instruments. The carefully placed position of each musician’s body and hands gives this piece of art rhythm. The artist also pulls your focus to all four women by using darker shades around the outer edges of the painting.
Comment: The smiles on their faces tell the story. Discussion: This work of art was created in 1663 by Judith Leyster depicts a guitar player, a violinist, and a singer sitting in a circle performing, as if they were rehearsing for a performance. The artist was able to uniquely create a three dimensional space with one line and proportion. The one vertical line left of center creates a side and back wall, while the singer is slightly smaller than the two musicians out in front.
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