Women through the Ages - (Jacob Cooper)

Pieces of work though the ages of how there were perceived via color, pattern, position of power. Since art wasn't always made in the same medium, you will be able to see the change in medium as well in how women were protraded.  

1. In this ancient sculpture, Tomb Relief: Female Attendants Clapping Hands, from Egypt women are perceived as entertainers. This piece od art is from the tomb of Queen Nefru. Women are shown dancing and clapping as if there having a party to celebrate with the queen in the afterlife. The artist used repetition in its art to show that there are multiple women.
1. This expressive portrait is of a young wealthy woman that lived in Egypt during the Roman times. The women in the portrait was probably from Greek Ancestry which followed the mix of population during the conquest of Alexander. The portrait is painted n a wooden panel which was from the woman’s grave. This shows that even back in the day powerful women got proper burials and representation of themselves before death.
1. The birth of Venus was painted sometime around 1484 by Sandro Botticelli. This painting was commissioned by Lorenzo di Pierfrancesco which shows Venus born from the sea foam while the wind blows and the nymph tries to dress her. This demonstrates that men during this time see women as beautiful creatures.
1. The Madonna and child enthroned with four angles was painted by Gaudenzio Ferrari in the late 1400’s. this painting uses balance and scale to bring the photo to life. He uses scale to make the painting have depth and uses balance to even out the photo. He also used lines to bring the viewers eyes to the center of the painting to show the woman talking care of the child. This painting shows woman being motherly and taking care for the young.
1. The Mona Lisa was painted by Leonardo Da Vinci back in 1506. No one actually knows who the woman in the painting is but theory has it that it was one of Leonardo’s secret crushes. Leo used proportion to make Lisa look bigger then the background. This demonstrates women as mysterious creatures because of the unknown women in the picture.
1. This drawing was drawn by Kent sometime in the 1700’s. This red chalk drawing may have been for a transfer because of the faint style lines but there was never a second copy. The artist used space to draw the viewers eye towards the woman’s face to show how beautiful she is.
1. This photograph was taken by Roger Fenton in the 1800’s. He wanted to show movement but since that would make for a blurry photo he coved the photo with instruments associated with dance. The artist used balance to balance out the photo with musical instruments. He also used the lines in the woman’s shirt to point towards her face. Even in the 1800’s woman are still being seen as entertainers.
1. This painting of Princess Olga Orlova was painted by Valentine Serov in 1911. Princess Olga wasn’t the best look person but could wear a hat like no other so the artist used color and emphasis to emphasis the hat to show Olga’s beauty. The artist also used lines on the wall to point towards Olga’s face and body to draw more attention to her more scandalous outfit that she was wearing.
1. The Fortune-telling was painted by Julio Romero de Torres in 1922. He was trying to show the disconnection of love between the woman and her husband. He did this by using movement between the woman in the foreground and background. The women already knew she was growing distance with her man that why she turned away, we know this because in the background a woman is reaching for her man which is leaving her. This demonstrates that women are becoming more independent.
1. Marilyn Monroe in the Night Sky was painted by Hyung Koo Kang in 2010. The color and the Emphasis in this on her face make Marilyn look like a goddess. The way she looks up and the bright color on her hair shows her power and independence. This shows how women are becoming more independent and seeing themselves as individuals.
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