ART 111-224 ~ Turi

Hannah Bonarrigo

Symbolism includes knowledge, exploration, beauty in nature (minerals, animals, plants), & human wonders such as paintings & sculptures. This painting mainly depicts the age of learning and curiosity.
The beauty of life before the inevitable demise. Flowers and fruit at the height of their beauty: full, abundant, and extremely colorful. The skull and candle remind us that death is always present.
After research, I found that the scroll reads, "I am what you will be. I was what you are. For every man is this so." This is a grim yet graceful reminder of our end. Delicately carved out of boxwood.
Chinese in origin. The medium is dry-lacquer, paint, and gold. The subject is shown sitting in a relaxed pose, noted as the "embodiment of compassion" (Walters Art Museum)
This piece is of an imaginary pays homage to Greek and Roman architecture. A classic Roman arch can be seen along with an amphitheater beside in designed similar to the Colosseum found in Rome.
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