Fear of the unknown - Francisco Tatis

Since the beginning of time people have struggled to understand the universe. People have always feared the unknown. To help with these fears, they’d often create magical or mythical explanations for things they couldn’t find an answer for. This gallery features a collection of artworks that try to explain a phenomenon or philosophical idea

The artist of this painting was working with a “primitive” tribe. The people he was working with had a fear of spirits of the dead. This carving depicts a girl who is being watched over by spirits. He is trying to teach them about death and spirits in a way that they’d be able to understand. He used balance and color in this carving. He used the black to give it a darker more serious tone, with regards to its aspect into fear. The girl is placed in the center of the carving and has a lighter right around her to draw attention to her.
The clash between an ultimate good and ultimate evil has always been a topic to portray because as humans many of us need to believe there is a force that will punish us or praise us for what we do . In this illustration Satan tortures Job after coming to agreement with God to test human faith. He uses a wide variety of colors darker colors are used on the devil and behind him because he is “bad” Job is a pure whit color. This also put emphasis on the devil and Job, all the colors contrasting in the background draw eyes to the brightness of Job.
To explain what is “good” there has to be an “evil” to compare it to. The fall of the rebel angels is a perfect example of an artwork depicting good vs evil and how in the end good will prevail. As in the case in the picture all of the soldiers are angels which shows that evil can masquerade or as good or even had been good once before. The movement of the scene is wonderfully depicted. There is clear movement of the good angels forcing the rebels down and out of heaven. For proportion and scale, there are angels further back in the scene; they were painted in a smaller scale to show this effect.
Japanese mythology is filled with many gods and demons, which are used to explain many of the natural phenomenon’s that occur. Like shown, gods of wind and thunder are used to portray the forces of nature. These gods are celebrated in japan in many festivals that keep their culture strong. The use of amazing colors in this is clear, they are bright and colorful as was typical style of drawing demons in Japanese culture. Lines are used through out to add detail. The tiger has stripes, and they’re used to give form to the muscles of the demons.
These statues are representations of the different gods from Egyptian mythology that watched over the organs of the deceased. Each one watched over a different organ, and were generally fashioned into urns to hold the organs. Death was a terrifying concept and Egyptians had gods to watch over the deceased to guide them through the afterlife. They have a clear form, standing like soldiers. They each have a specific pattern under their headdresses and some even around the eyes.
A big part of the Egyptian afterlife was the ceremonial weighing of the heart. The deceased’s heart had to weigh less than a feather, so all of the sins they had committed had to weigh nothing. This illustration has beautiful patterns of hieroglyphics spread throughout the papyrus. There are plenty of shapes as well, the ankh under the chairs, and the urns sitting on the shelves.
People have even used gods to explain to explain natural events, such as lightning. In Greek mythology Zeus was the god of lightning, so lightning and thunder occurred when he threw his magical bolts at earth. This engraved gem shows Zeus fighting Kapaneus, a human who boasted he could take down the gods. Zeus defeats Kapaneus, which also shows the futility of human trying to change these natural occurrences. The engraving has form there are distinctly formed muscles on both mens’ arms. The texture depicted in this engraving is clear in the capes blowing out behind the men, and the wings of the eagle behind them.
Through the mythology of ancient Greek we know that they believed in life after death. They believed in the ferryman Charon that would take them through the river Styx into the realm of the dead. This is a reinterpretation of the Charon obol that was used as payment for the journey. This has form, as it was a charm off of a necklace. There was also the use of many bright colors to show the wealth of the wearer.
This fear was even manifested in their stories of the gods. This statue is of Saturn devouring one of his children, because it was prophesized that one of his sons would kill and over-throw him. He responded by eating all of his children, so none of them could take his place. It didn’t work in the end as his wife hid Zeus who was the one who killed him in the end. The sculpture has form, as it is a 3D representation of this scene. Texture can be seen wonderfully depicted in the folds of his robe falling off his hips.
To explain the changes of seasons for the harvest the ancient-Greeks, and later Romans, told a story of a kidnapped goddess. Hades (Pluto) the god of the underworld had kidnapped Proserpine (Persephone) the goddess of the harvest. Persephone was allowed to leave the underworld every 6 months explaining the changes between spring and fall. The emphasis is drawn to Pluto and Persephone through the use of color. The darker shades around them emphasize them. They are painted in much lighter, and brighter shades.
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