Music Appreciation in Art

Music and art go hand in hand when it comes to life. These pieces of art show the stories about music that lie across the atmosphere of the earth. The artworks I chose for my project range from music from the heavens to pictures of instruments to pictures of celebrations with music and family. I hope  you enjoy the artwork as much as I did while I was picking them out.

This picture is called "Still Life of Musical Instruments, c. 1863. This albumen print was created by French artist Edmond Label (1834-1908). The space of the instruments in the picture is even. They are hung up on a wall so that you can the instruments fully. I don't know how all the instruments are used, but I noticed that they had some congos, drums and a couple of horns. I see an asymmetrical balance, different types of instruments in the picture, but they are evenly spaced out in the picture. The proportion given off in this picture is that nothing is displaced, but accepted as one.
This piece is called "Christ and the Virgin with Music-Making Angels" (1789-1869). The German artist Johann Friedrich Overbeck drew this piece with graphite on wove paper. To me, this piece looks like it was drawn with a led pencil on a piece of paper. In this picture the artist has Mary and Jesus in the center of triangle and the angels at the bottom corners of the triangle. The sketch lines are curved and clean, and looks like it has no mistakes. The space in triangle, being taken up by Mary, Jesus and the Angels is filled up and overlaps the triangle's bottom angles. There is unity in this piece, It looks like a family enjoying each others company, playing music and singing songs. Mary, Jesus and the Angels seem to be having a wonderful time.
This picture is called " Magnificat: The Virgin Surrounded by Music-Making Angels", (1585). The Flemish artist Jan Sadeler I, after Maarten de Vos (1550-1600), created this piece by engraving on laid paper. The piece has a royal feel to it, the angels are praising Jesus Mother the first time she reaches into Heaven. The lines are very detailed and darkened in. The Angels and Mary have shadows due to the clouds and Sun that has been opened up to show the glory of the situation. The focus is on Mary, who is wearing a halo, and standing in the middle of the picture. I also noticed that the Angels needed to read a music sheet to play their music for Mary. The Unity of this pictuure fits the scene of the picture, Angels praising Mary with a beautiful song.
This piece is called " The Dancing Couple, (1663). This painting was created by Dutch artist Jan Steen (1625-1679). It is an oil painting painted on a canvas. The dimensions are w:1425 x h:1025cm. This scene takes place in a tent covered by leaves. It reminds of me early September, before the cold weather enters the atmosphere, but the color scheme is very Thanksgiving-like. The focus is the man and woman dancing in the center of the festivities. The man is dancing but the woman seems to be taking her time before dancing with the man. Surrounding them is the people enjoying the atmosphere of the party. The movement of the painting is the party and how everyone is interacting with each other. The musicians are standing and sitting on a window sill playing the music. There seems to be a "eat, drink and be merry" message coming through the painting. Everyone seems to be smiling except the woman guest of honor. The rhythm of this picture is everyone swaying to the music and enjoying the party atmosphere.
This picture is called "Dwarf Musicians of Granada" (1861/1862). This piece was created by French artist Gustave Dore (1832-1883). This picture was made with pen and black ink with a light brown wash over graphite o wove paper. This picture looks like it was created with pencil. The line strokes are very light with darkness in certain areas, like the their clothes for instance. The focus of this painting is the two dwarfs posing with their instruments. The rhythm of this picture shows them enjoying themselves and enjoying life.
This picture is called "Bagpipe Player" (1624). This painting was created by Dutch painter Hendrick ter Brugghen (1588-1629). This painting was painted with oil on canvas. The dimensions are w:829 x h:1007cm. The focus of this painting is the man playing his bagpipe. This painting is very close up to the man. You can see how the man is moving his fingers across the flute attached to the bagpipe and how the mouth piece is being used by the man. The two shafts, where the music comes out of, is laying on the man's shoulder, we are looking at accurate display of a person playing their bagpipe. The colors in this picture look very seasonal like it was created during the fall of October/November. A dark green color scheme is all over this picture
This picture is called "Celestial Dancer- F/S Sculpture of South Asia and the Himalyas" (1100). This sculpture was created by Marc Bretzfelder in the 12th century in India, state of Karnataka. This piece reminds me of the tiki dolls that I saw in Hawaii when I was a teen. The focus is the Indian women dancing in the middle with long necklaces covering her body. The top of the sculpture looks like there are different Indian hieroglyphics imprinted in the circles. They may be blessings that were put there for the joyous dancing woman.
This painting is called "Two Female Musicians". This painting was probably made in the 17th century. The artist is unknown but it was created with ink and color on paper. The line strokes are very straight with little bit of curves. The paper looks like it was made of gold. The focus is on the two women musicians posing with their instruments. The proportion of this painting is very even and tight. The women are cuddling together in their pose.
This piece is called "A Group of Women in a Garden, Entertaining Themselves with Music and Dancing". This was created in India about the 18th century. It is made of color and gold on paper. The rhythm of this piece is the women dancing and enjoying themselves, playing music, dancing talking and interacting with each other. The focus is on all the women. All the women are having fun without the interruption of bad vibes from each other. The repetition in this piece is each women "doing their thang". Some are playing their instruments, some are dancing and some are talking to each other. All the women are enjoying the positive energy that is coming from each other in the garden.
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