The Story Behind The Walls - Taylor Broome

A comprehensive look at paintings of castles and the realistic views shown by the artists. 

In Castle by the River Mr. Schinkel was able to convey a very bold sense of contrast with the deep blacks of the foreground and bright gold of the back ground sky creating a very realistic sense of depth and space. By centering the foreground tree in front of the light source he draws the viewer's eye towards the main elements of the painting which are the deer and the children in the front of the foreground.
In Barnard Castle by Joseph Turner shows a really strong grasp of unity and texture. By layering the darker colors on the foreground they create a visually stimulating piece that draws the viewer's eyes back along the lines of focus to the castle in the far back of the painting.
In the painting Conway Castle, North Wales Mr. Turner expresses the depth that can be created by using an ambivalent light source and choosing to use only split complementary colors in the water, sky, and land. By doing so he created a strong sense of contrast between the land and water without using heavy shadows or dark lines.
John Constable created a stunning painting here by using almost unbelievable textures in the tower and stone work. By doing so he creates a very realist look and feel that makes the viewer feel like they could walk right into the painting and feel the wind coming off the sea and fields. The unity of colors and strong contrasts of light and dark create a ambiance of almost sadness when you see the once great structure crumbling.
In Findlater Castle, Banff the artist was able to use a analogous color pallet to unify the fore and back grounds and create movement. The way he swirled the waters makes it seem like they are actually crashing on the rocks and that you could get wet just by standing to close.
In View of Spis Castle Jozef Kenedich was able to make a very realist view of a castle by using very prevalent perspective and balance. By centering the castle in the middle of the painting and creating a winding path that crosses both sides of the painting he creates a almost perfect field of depth. He has what seems to me to be a perfect grasp of balance by not creating to many aspects on either side of the work which then draws the eyes directly to the castle.
In Bothwell Castle, from the South Mr. Sandby was able to keep the viewer engaged by using multiple textures and movement. By using both the fluffy clouds, hard lines of the castle, movement of the water, and bark on the trees the painting is both visually and emotionally engaging for the viewer.
Moonlight - Chepstow Castle uses very visually pleasing analogous colors to create a very ominous view that is engaging for the viewer. The saturation of very dark and very light colors creates a very dark feel to what could have been a very light and "happy" painting. The line of the road in the foreground is very light compared to the dark and seriousness of the castle itself.
Alnwick Castle is the first painting I found that used an analogous color scheme to create an almost whimsical view of a rather stately and oppressing castle. By keeping the colors very cool and incorporating the "light" shadows from the moon the painting is seen as both calming and visually stimulating. The different levels of the foreground and background keep the viewer's eyes moving around the painting to find each of the little hidden details at each level.
Rochester Castle was the first painting I found that was done with a view from the inside of the castle instead of looking at it from afar. The painting itself is very symmetrical and warm with different saturation of the same colors. The use of textures in the walls and pillars draws the eye in a circle around the painting so that you feel like you are sitting right in front of the arch as the artist painted it.
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