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I enjoy the way light is used in this poster. It's like looking at a sunrise in Autumn –– gold is everywhere. Somehow, the Art Deco stylization manages to successfully combine nature with the sleek technology of railway travel in the 1920s-30s. Looking at this, I feel the urge to put on a flapper dress and travel the Hudson River Valley, sipping champagne from the dining car of the Storm King.
As an Anthropology major, I couldn't resist putting this in my gallery. I love the baby wallaby's feet sticking out of its mother's pouch! It is so cool to know that there were artists in the Outback four to six THOUSAND years ago. It's even cooler that they had such incredibly realistic yet stylized technique: zoom in to look at the swooping fur lines on mama's body, and the detail in her front paws.
I chose this piece initially because it was such a lovely scene. All of those fish, swimming languidly around in the water through the lush green aquatic plants. Upon closer inspection, I can see what seems to be a ceiling lamp in the upper left corner, and a boat resting on the bottom. Are these things supposed to be in the aquarium, or outside of it? I can't decide, but it's still a really pretty piece.
I chose this because it is just picturesque as all get out. Quaint little cottage, Old World charm, people actually smiling in a 19th century photograph... I know it's staged. I know the subject matter (read the description) is classist. But there is a birdcage, or something, on the freaking roof, people. Enough said.
There is so much slothfulness packed into this drawing that I don't know where to begin. Bruegel really knew how to exploit an allegory, and the snails and slugs placed here and there are just the beginning. I don't understand most of it, but the fanciful winged demons and various made up, mixed up creatures are worth taking an up-close look. Another can't miss item: the naked rear end in the middle of the painting, doing what rear ends are made for. Wow. How did Bruegel get away with this stuff in 16th century Europe?
Old jewelry is already awesome, but memento mori items are a step above. I love the enamel skull and crossbones motif; if it wasn't a mourning piece it would be dandy for a pirate. This piece is riveting for me in that it combines the beauty of earthly goods with the reminder that they are fleeting pleasures. Plus, I just like creepy stuff.
This landscape is so peaceful looking that I would love to wander into it and take a nap. I'd get drenched in all that dew, though. Oh well. The muted tones and hazy atmosphere make the woods look like they are under a spell of some kind, and I really like the way Millais has used tiny paint spatters to convey the "dew." I wonder what kinds of creatures inhabit this place, if any.
This bust is powerfully beautiful. The woman's expression, her whole demeanor, exudes pride and intelligence mixed with an undercurrent of wariness. The warm brown of the bronze is perfect for its subject matter. The gold earrings stand out from their background, signifying that this is a woman of rank. Her sleek lines are elegant and a little bit dangerous; they remind me of a great cat.
Ok, so this is my fanciful-yet-classical piece. Hello! The Judgement of Paris, depicted on a piece of used chewing gum on a sidewalk. I am sitting here imagining the amount of time it must have taken to render such intricacy in such a tiny field. On the ground. Outdoors. With people walking by and staring at you. An art form with a bright future? I don't know. Thought provoking? Definitely.
I love this piece because it is a stained glass work, depicting people, from Renaissance Europe, and it has nothing to do with religion. I like the auburn tresses of what I assume is Psyche; they really pop from the neutral background. I also love the details, like the use of linear perspective on the floor tiles, the decadent bed curtains, and the mysterious stairway at the bottom right corner. If only I could translate the caption.... another mystery.
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