Music To My Eyes - MAX J. FREEDMAN

My personal gallery shown here exerts timeless pieces of music integrated in art form from multiple points in time, which is represented in paintings, architecture, and a broad spectrum of mediums. From beautiful Greek vase compositions and meaningful experiences, to pieces of hand-made American furniture, there is more than what can be expected inside the viewing rooms of this musical collection.

I thought it would be appropriate to commence this gallery with this engraving of Apollo Teaching Music to the Graces. Man and woman, standing side-by-side in the 16th century, gives you a sense of serenity as the master himself will exert everything he knows to his pupils and his Graces. The way Marcantonio Raimondi celebrates this piece is by highlighting the detail in the lines and shapes of the instruments as well as beautifully depicting man and woman sharing an experience like this together.
This divine 17th century, European painting of two women conspiring their new piece of music may be one of my favorite pieces in the gallery. Painted by the Dutch artist Nicholas Regnier, the depth and colors used to give the viewer a realistic sense of what the music process looks like is breath taking.
Throughout history, I believe there are pieces that were built for something and then there are pieces that were made to represent something significant. The amount of time and technique used to construct this rosewood mirror is nothing short of miraculous when you think of pristine detail of the faces, which was carved into the wood. This desk was specifically made as a gift for the governor of California at some point, but I personally credit this piece to the state of mind and interest that was thought into a room for musical and inspirational “reflection”.
This piece itself took some thought when deciding whether or not to add it to the collection. Valentin de Boulogne’s oil painting of a time in the 17th century Renaissance where men celebrated the time and art of playing music. There is a immense amount of opaque value seen throughout this piece, for example the transparent glass of wine represented shared as a good time. The background colors suggests that even though music is about having a good time, there is most definitely significance to the inspiration needed to create music or art, This canvas hits home for me as a musician and as an artist because when thinking about this more personally in depth, I can think of my life in music being nothing more than a party to look forward to.
Named after his most famous vase, the Niobid Painter gives us the Red-Figure Amphora with Musical Scene. As seen on the vase, three Athenian women sit in leisure to possibly rehearse a Greek ritual way back in 460-450 BC. In this piece, the black area of the amphora denotes negative space, while the orange figures represent the positive space. Both colors greatly complement each other, which gives a more eerie demeanor because of the musical ritual being performed by the Greek women.
As a gift from Lila and Herman Shickman, to their American friends of the Israel Museum, this mid-17th century oil painting reveals the inaudible delicacy of the still life of musical instruments. The strong percentage of contrast is clearly seen here to emphasize the light shown on the instruments. From the light you can see that these instruments have laid dormant, waiting for the right musician to come along deserving of its sound.
Continuing towards the end of this gallery, you get to experience Domenico Fetti’s, Portrait of a Man with a Sheet of Music. Around the year 1620, Mr. Fetti’s symbolism in his canvases is even thought of today when depicting his work. If you look closely at the portrait, you can see that there is an overturn bowl-symbolizing the “emptiness of material possessions”. As an artist, there are times when the only thing you can turn to is your art for better or worse, and I believe the bowl is represented as nothing else matters beside the commitment to the music he handles. His face is painted directed toward the viewer as an example of the intensity behind the painting.
François Garas gives us the Temple of Thought, Dedicated to Beethoven, under construction. This impressionistic piece looks like it could have been an earlier work of van Gogh. Impressionism mixed with surrealism created a vision for a musical rhythm into architectural structures. This watercolor piece shows a church like structure in the distance cliffing over the sea. As it peaks over a village below, this painting shows us that this was a place that could have been meant for Beethoven to compose and feel the music that he was meant to create.
Impressionism reaches this gallery again as you can see from Frank Auerbach’s, The Camden Theatre. As late 1976, this amazing piece of art sheds like on the artistic side of describing art itself. Coming from someone who tours, it’s interesting to try and describe that the traveler doesn’t change, but what the traveler sees in life will change. This painting is purely organic in my eyes but is best described as an aggressive mess that depicts a timeless theatre that hosted as a music hall, cinema, radio, and concerts.
Lastly of the collection is none other than Gherado Starnina’s Madonna and Child with Musical Angels. Gherardo Starnina, formerly known as the "Master of the Bambino Vispo", painted this panel in Florence. The Madonna sits on her throne surrounded by musical angels in worship of her and in grace. Plenty of symbolism is shown here as Christ sits on her lap with a dove in his hand all while made from tempera and gold leaf on panel. Looking at it, this piece is symmetrically sound as you can see each side balancing each other and personally my favorite piece of the gallery!
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