Emotion

Emotion conveys relationships with individuals in numerous ways. Feelings that are showed not only in face expressions but are also illustrated through body language. Even with a blurred face using the body language alone it is possible to understand the emotion being felt. Each art work uses the combination of background, dramatic lighting and how the artist places the figures to show public the specific emotion conveyed. Without any words but with the simple use of details one is able to analyze and interpret its own significance. Whether the emotion is the state of anguish, guilt or jealousy and so on it is all connected to its context. It attributes to capturing the moment; we as the viewer perceive the variety of emotions that are felt. It is so powerful that the emotion is transferred through the viewer itself. It isn’t important what time period each art work is done, whether it’s during the era of Romanticism, Renaissance, and Enlightenment it merges with society. Emotion is part of everyday life therefore it is always present in different time periods and cultures. Each piece of art represents a diverse amount of emotions that the artist wants to transmit to the audience. This is done by the use of different tones of lighting, colors contributing with a powerful gaze and actions, at times so radical that it conveys so much emotion. 

Francesco Hayez was an Italian painter, important artist of Romanticism in 19th century; he was accepted for his grand historical paintings, political symbols and exceptionally fine portraits. Also, in this painting Hayez combined the ancient text with elements drawn from his reading, a contemporary novel related to Cyropaedia. Here he shows us this painting called “The Death of Abradatas”. Abradatas was a king probably fictional of the Greek culture; he was married with Pantheia and friend of Cyrus the Great. Abradatas fallen in battle while he fighter against the army of Croesus. Based in this event, this painting makes reference to the heroic individuals at the time. The artisc in his painting show us a group of people led by Cyrus in the funeral of Abradatas. Thinking in the name of this painting, is evident perceive the variety of emotion inside, especially the sadness. It is highlighted in the funeral. This is evident in the face expression of everyone. For example, the character with the head down is Cyrus who show with his finger his funeral’s gifts, Cyrus’s face embody sadness, pain and compassion from Pantheia, who hug the body of her husband. The person with the truncated conical hat looking in the opposite direction to the main event can be identified as the painter Tommaso Minardi, recalled by Hayez in as ironic and insincere. This concept is clear in his gaze, who conveys mistrust and disloyalty, this intense and realistic portrait provides significant evidence of the two artists’ relationship. The person with his hand lowered embodies anguish’s face maybe by the moment that he has to presence. The last man at right side recreated the moment of the battle we can see the pain and the sadness trough his body language, where the position of his body is falling and his clothes seem torn. On another hand, all of this emotion details makes reference to Romanticism period; which includes movements or terms associated with romance narrative, and the significance of feelings and the imagination. A simple, memorable way to imagine the Romantic period as the age of "heroic individuals" whose styles and subjects symbolized the power of the human will or spirit in shaping history and art. Also, this concept is evident in this painting, where the author wants to transmit the emotion of everyone in the funeral of Abradatas.
Manuel Ocaranza (1841 -1882) is a painter of Michoacan Mexico. He is one of the most interesting painters pertaining to the second half of the XIXth century. Also, he has impressed everyone with the originality of his subject, which broke with all the conventions regarding epic-historic topics. Also, in this tone he executed genre scenes charged with moral significance and sentiment in line with the tenets of Romanticism that includes movements or terms associated with romance narrative, and the significance of feelings and the imagination as well as works on allegorical-mythical topics. According to the author ideology “Pranks of Love” is a clear example of the inverse of what people think about what love means. This image represent Eros as opposed child with dragonfly wings grace and beauty, instead he shows the malice of a bad child that achieves his goal. We can see this in the way he is looking at the flower, his gaze show us how he is enjoys poisoning it. In addition, the crime and cruelty contrasts the innocence of Cupid with the common concept of cupid. Moreover, the author includes symbols of evil in the furniture of the background. Also in the background Ocaranza illustrates the items of a pharmacy that refer to the elements of traditional chemical poison that represent evil emotion. The throne, on which he is sitting down gives the idea that the power of love prevails over the world. The rose and poison represent human frailty about love. The flowers in the floor represent the people that have already fallen in love but that have failed in it. This can be understood as the pain that people feel after a fail with someone they fall in love with. All of this emotion shown through this passage reflect the author's goal to show the difference of the significance that people have about love. This is something that the author is known for because of the romanticism period.
Pieta was created by Ercole de' Roberti. The material used is oil painting, which creates a rich pigmentation in colors. In result, it captivates the viewers eye to each individual detail. The time period this art work was done is during the Renaissance. A period after the middle ages where artistic focus was on the human rather than the divine. This reflects humanism. The figures are done with such detail it allows for emotion to transmit to the viewer. Ercole de' Roberti's artwork does exactly this; rather than the divine figures Jesus and the Virgin are illustrated in a realistic human way. This is what allows for emotion to be sensed very clear on the Virgin's face and in Jesus body language. There is a focus on the Virgins pain as she is holding her son's body on her lap. Emotions such as anguish, sadness and love are marked on the Virgin's face as she looks down at her son. Each pigment in color contributes to these emotions as well; Jesus pale white skin tone makes him stand out in the painting. However, what stands out is the suffering he experienced. The way in which Jesus body is positioned,makes him appear fragile and lifeless. The background itself is lifeless, rather than a beautiful background the landscape shows others getting crucified. This allows the viewer to analyze that perhaps not too long ago Jesus was tortured the same way. These details allow compassion to be transmitted to the viewer.
Othello killing Desdemona was created by A. Gonzalez Pineda in 1879. It shows act five, scene two from a well known play by Shakespeare. The scene involves false accusations by Iago of Desdemona's unfaithfulness to Othello. Othello's reaction is illustrated in this scene. Pineda captures this exact moment of rage where Othello is strangling his wife. The moment is captured in such a way that emotion is portrayed through the characters movement in body and facial expressions. The material used is oil on canvas which shows a great contrast and color. Pineda also uses chiaroscuro in the effect of contrast and light, creating a powerful intensity and drama to the horrible deed being committed-murder. The intense rage in the murder scene is created by the way Pineda paints the details in Othello's body movement. Othello is strangling Desdemona and he is doing this by only using one hand, his rage is powerful that only one hand is needed to kill her. He uses his right hand which is known to be the hand of justice. However, there is ambiguity with his face being he is looking away. As if he isn't able to look at the deed he is committing due to shame. The irony of justice and shame show his state of confusion. No written language in this artwork exists to depict how Othello is feeling. However, Pineda used extensive amount of details in the way in which he positioned the figures body along with facial expressions to allow the viewer to understand Othello's state of rage and confusion.
The Death of Marat, is a painting done on a oil canvas. By Jacques-Louis David, a French Painter during the Neoclassic era in the late 1700s. Neoclassism was rediscovering of classical art from the greek and roman times. The styles of contours and sculptured forms to polished surfaces. In this painting, the emotion is pain, despair. The face expression shown is of pain to it as he is lying on the tub with his pale skin tone standing out against the black background. Blood on him and on the cloth to represent gruesome murder that occur. The deep dark background enhances the emotion more, the darkness shows how abstract it is. Also with colors the white in the cloth, green in the tub, yellow in the table and red in the blood are there. Despite the fact that it is a murder scene there is color involved. It all comes together to enhance the emotion it gives with the face expression, color and placement of a gruesome and painful death.
Adoration of the child is painting done on oil canvas by Gerard Van Honthorst, a Dutch painter from Germany. During the late 17th century, the Baroque era. Described to be more Dramatic usage of light and movement. The use of light in this painting is very straight on and stands out from the background. In this scene, its a religious setting in celebrating the birth of newly born baby with the mother. It has a peaceful, happy emotion when you see the light is coming from the baby, who is Jesus. Enlightening the face of the mother with a calm, relax smile as well as the angel next to her smiling at the baby. This symbolizes the enhancing of emotion through usage of dramatic light. Although, Joseph is fading with the background it still symbolizes the emotion and also the observer looking upon.
The battle of Nudes or The battle of the Naked Men is one of the most amazing old master painting from the renaissance. the painting shows five men wearing headbands and five without headband ,fighting in pairs. The nudes body are posted in different positions, as we can see the how healthy and strong their bodies. It is emphasized the idea of the strong, athletic body and how they were showing it off in their art.
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