I feel nothing but pity for you

Pity, derived from the Latin word "Pietas" means feeling for others, especially a feeling of sadness and sorrow. From the days of Aristotle, the word was used in his book, "Poetics and Rhetoric." In this book, he argued that, "Before a persn can feel pity for another human,  the person must first have experienced suffering of a similar type, and the person must also be somewhat distanced or removed from the sufferer." After Aristotle's Theory, Pity was used regularly and reinforced in the west after the Judeo- Christian concept of God, where he felt pain for all of humanity. In this gallery, we will show how pity is deeply rooted and connected in these portraits.

Jean-Léon Gérôme was the most influential orientalist who did cultural and literary studies in Middle East. This oil painting is a depiction of the utmost savagery of women slavery that he may have witnessed during his visits to Egypt. He does an extraordinary effort to make the scene highly realistic with absolute features of sensuality and exoticism with the use of stereotyped eastern figures and architecture. The fully naked woman is featured with the typical exotic figure of Middle Eastern woman with tan skin, black shiny hair, curvy body, precisely rendered facial features with a long, sharp nose, her big luscious lips, and her stylized standing position with one foot in front of the other. Her facial expression creates an illusion of either sensuality or irritation of being in such a position. On the other hand, black woman sitting down, whom is fully covered, including the left side of her face, looks as if she is trying to hide her identity or the beauty that may attract the buyer. She looks right at the viewer as she sighs as if she is tired of waiting for the buyers. The mother with the baby has such a mysterious, alluring, and sensual eyes that catch the viewer’s glance at once even at her sideway position. Her head and body rests on the wall for support but otherwise she seems weakened enough to fall on the ground. The owner sits in the shade and has his attention locked on the women who are now part of his property who is unaware of their feelings, desires, interests, and pain. And, I feel nothing but pity for them.
This painting depicts the famous tale of “Beauty and The Beast.” According to the actual story, Beauty’s fear towards the Beast turns into pity and eventually into love which breaks the spell. The beast turns back into a handsome prince and they live happily ever after. This particular painting represents a moment in the story where Beauty confronts the Beast for the first time and flinches back in fear that she raises her hands to her head and closes her eyes tight. The beast seems to be dejected and dispirited that even Beauty just like others dislike him causing the curse to continue as shown in the dead flower in front of him. This feeling of sorrow can be seen in the painter’s artistic style of giving the beast a sitting position where he drops himself on his knees in despair. The fallen petals from the cursed flower in front of the Beast symbolize that the beast has lost hope that his cursed destiny to be a beast forever. Looking at his hopeless eyes staring at Beauty’s reaction to his ugliness, I feel nothing but pity for him.
This Neo-Classical, Oil on Canvas medium artwork was formerly an altarpiece in the Cusworth Hall, located in Yorkshire, England. It is based on the Biblical Story of The Good Samaritan, where the vicim was robbed and left to die. A priest and a Levite saw the man and instead of helping him, they crossed to the other side of the street. The Good Samaritan saw him, but he cleaned his wounds, placed him on his own donkey and took him to an inn. He paid the innkeeper to take care of him until he was fully healed. In this painting, you can see the pain, but thankfulness in the wounded man's eyes as well as you can see the sadness and pity in the samaritan's eyes as he cleaned the vicim's visible wounds.
Altarpiece of Saint Vincent is one of the most discussed paintings of the Early Renaissance in Venice. The painting has been painted on nine panels using a Gothic plan with the patron of the Saint of the altar. Vincent Ferrer is the main figure by Saint Christopher who is on the left and Saint Sebastian who is on the right. In the middle of the painting is the figure of the dead Christ who is supported by two angels, also supported by Archangel Gabriel and the Virgin Annunicate. On the outside spaces of the painting are the three long scenes which are some of the miracles performed by Saint Vincent.
This Oil on Canvas painting, is based on life in Latvia during World War I, seen through the eyes of the painter, Jekabs Kazaks, as he was also a refugee at that time. This era was when the the Russians and Germans were fighting for the country and world domination. In August 1915, the Latvian Riflemen was formed. They helped the Russian Army from 1915 to 1917, but eventually the Germans overtook the country. The Latvian Rifleman is overlooking the refugees in this impressionalistic artwork. You can see him feeling pity for the his people, the refugees; mainly consisting of women and children, because they were displaced and uprooted from their normal lives, to a life of struggle. You can see in his eyes that he wished he can help them regain their lives of sanity.
The Penitent of Magdalene is a painting of her lifting her eyes filled with tears to heaven. She is showing her devotion to Catholicism. She is the fallen woman who Jesus found deserving to spend his life with, to atone her from her sins. This painting is different because of the layout. It shows Magdalene's bible. It is covered with a cloth and not a skull symbol that shows death. This painting shows pity rather than desire.
This oil painting is significant to the artist George Clausen because it represents his daughter crying over her fiance's grave. In the painting we see many dull colors used in the background to represent a painting of despair. The dull colors are also painted on the cross, which represents a grave and death. The woman is painted in a pale almost white color, completely opposite from the background to show the contrast and the main focus on this painting. The woman is shown kneeling with her hands covering her face to show the viewers that she is grieving over the loss of her loved one. Her nakedness suggest her as being defenseless without her fiance and possibly unfulfilled sexuality. This painting definitely relates to the theme of Pity because a viewer can't help but feel pity for someone who had suffered a loss.
This artist based his artwork on the story of The Prophet Elijah in the Old Testament. Elijah had spoken to the Lord and that the Lord had promised him that if went to Zarephath, he will receive food from a widow. When he had found the widow and asked for a piece of bread and water, the widow replied and said she only has a small amount of oil and flour to make bread for her son. Elijah replied and told her not to worry and make the bread for him because the lord had promise that there will be a limitless amount of flour and oil for her until it rains. In the end, the widow did as Elijah had told and the jar of flour and jug of oil had returned. By looking at this work of art, you should get a sense of pity. Elijah is depicted as half dress and skinny with many dull colors suggesting poverty and hunger. While the child who is shown in a white clothing, may represent hope. This artwork correlates to the theme of Feeling Nothing But Pity because base on the widow’s clothing, she clearly doesn’t have much wealth and is barely getting by. However to see her making an effort as to giving the man a piece of bread when she also needs it is a clear sign of pity.
This painting that was done by Ford Madox Brown, whom was from Britain, that was based on the story from "Sir Tristram and La Belle Iseult". It was kind of like a love story about Sir Tristram and La Belle Iseult that were madly in love with each other up until she found out that he had killed her brother and did not want to have anything to do with him, however even though he had left her to be in peace, not too shortly after he had returned and they ended up getting married and she cared for him up until his death. It was originally created in September 1862 for a stained glass window for the entrance hall of Harden Grange. The composition that was used for it was water colour , however in 1864 he reproduced it in oil.
This image is a mosaic that was discovered in the 18th century on a site that once belonged to a Roman emperor by the name of Hadrian. The artist remains unknown because it was so long ago. It was created between the years of 120-130. This mosaic portrayed the dangers of wild animals and the the struggle between the great cats and mythological creatures such as centaurs that consisted of having head, arms , a torso of a man and the body and legs of a horse.In this picture you can tell that the Centaur is trying to get revenge on the tiger and the lion that clawed the female centaur- whom is possibly his spouse. He is angry and bitter and trying to rush and kill the tiger with the rock that is over his head. This mosaic ranges during the Hellenistic to Hadrianic period that was inspired by Greek art.
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