Death, The Supreme Reign- (Darin Arnold)

This is a gallery depicting death.  Depicting how death is inevitable, how it can be feared or respected.  It begins with how Death is a lonesome figure and ends with how death can be chaotic and brutal.  And with Death are all the subtle emotions that may come with it, from sadness or grief to prayer and peacefulness or even love.  It is a roller coaster of a ride in art of how we see death.

In the background can be seen a horizontal line which gives the body of water great depth as Death can be seen walking within the forefront as the focal point. The circular motion around Death's feet shows the water reacting to his footsteps as it gently dissipates and evens out in the distance. Death's dark skeletal figure contrasts to the bland and light colors of the backdrop.
Death rides atop his pale horse. His figure and horse is much larger than anything else within the picture; thoroughly making him the focal point. Beneath him are men dying and within the background, beneath a hazy sky, can be seen more men running for their lives. Of the four horsemen Death brought Hades along with him and directly behind him are possible creatures of Hades.
In contrast to the Death's usual depictions of being lonesome and something to be feared, Death can be seen being caring as he attends to plants. Despite having objects become smaller the further they go back, everything is painted rather flat with thick outlines. A square/rectangular shape is repeated throughout the picture, mainly for the pots, as Death is repeated as not just one solitary figure for multiple figures performing different tasks.
A rather abstract painting where Death can be seen embracing a person. The two figures stand at the center of the painting, but the repetition yet variation of shapes and lines gives this piece its most notable features. The darker blues contrast to the light browns and yellows that comprise the center figures; making them stand out more.
Death, in work as a reaper, walks with instruments of his profession. On the ground lie three victims that have been claimed by him as the last woman knee's before him holding a book. A lot of emphasis is put on making Death a terrifying figure. He's blackened, what appears to be tattered flesh and hair melts away from his bones as he carries, not one, but four scythes. In contrast his victims are painted with a white skin and civilization, the castle, is painted far away from this gruesome scene.
Death personified, but with flesh rather than bones alone. The flesh falls away revealing only bone as he clings to a scroll. Memento mori is Latin for 'a reminder that death is inevitable.' This statue signifies that we are all destined to die. His shape and stance are reminiscent of a scholars. His proportions are accurate enough to depict a human figure.
This is a self portrait, given the title of course, but the artist is accompanied by none other than Death himself; playing a fiddle. Although the focus is the artist, the picture is painted in a way where the movement from the artist to Death is a smooth and irresistible transition. The elements that are highlighted are painted in lighter colors such as the artist's face, Death and his fiddle, and the paint palette.
This statue depicts the death of Cleopatra. As she struggles and pulls back the robe covering her heart, a servant looks off into the distance for help. Cleopatra can be seen looking up with her head tilted in an odd manner to demonstrate she is dying. The contours of the robes provide a sense of realness as a knocked over pot adds to the overall struggle to resist death.
This is a painting depicting the death of Cleopatra. Her head is once against tilted in a manner that signifies death as her arm hangs limp. The light and vibrant red of her sheet accent Cleopatra; making her the focal point. Her servants are laid out in despair, their positioning adds a balance to the painting by further centering Cleopatra between two people. Subtlety in the background at the edge of the light is a crown; adding movement from Cleopatra to an object of great importance.
A scene of a king watching as everything around him is destroyed, or rather killed, comprises this chaotic painting. The movement of the painting flows from the death of a woman in the foreground to a woman dead across the kings bed to finally, a king resting atop his bed holding his head leisurely. The darkness around the edges of the painting emphasis whats going on within the center of the painting is the most important. As with many images depicting death there is a strong contrast of light colors versus dark colors with lots of black. Despite appearing chaotic, there is balance in the fact that the events on either side of the painting balance out in taking up as much space as possible.
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