Favorite Art

This painting is entitled 'Gothic Church on a Rock by the Sea' and it was painted by Karl Friedrich Schinkel. It was painted in 1815, is an oil on canvas, and is on view at the The Alte Nationalgalerie in Berlin. In this picture you can see a group of riders approaching the sea as the picture is almost completely in darkness, with the sun setting behind the castle in the background. I think this picture is absolutely stunning, it feels like a scene out of a fairytale. Both the castle and the people look as though they could have come straight off the page of some Gothic fairytale. The colors are gorgeous, I love the way the sun is setting behind the castle and you can only see a soft glow of light. The castle itself appears ominous, but at the same time I don't think it appears all that menacing or frightening. I think this painting is one of my favorites, and I would LOVE to see it in person.
This painting is entitled 'The Great Day of His Wrath'. It was painted by John Martin sometime around 1851. It is an oil on canvas and is held at the Tate Museum in Britain. According to the description, this painting was inspired by the Last Judgement in the New Testament, in which there was a great earthquake and everything turned to chaos. Another that was the intention of the painting, I think you can still enjoy it on a non-religious level. You can really feel the chaos and destruction of nature, and it inspires a feeling of terror within you as you look at it. You feel hopeless as you notice the people at the bottom, struggling in vain against the elements. It's a very powerful piece.
This painting is entitled 'The Stone Bridge'. It was painted by Rembrandt van Rijn around 1638. It is an oil on a panel and is currently held at the Rijks Museum in Amsterdam. I have actually been to this museum, but I don't remember this painting standing out to me. I guess among all the other artwork this one didn't stick out in my mind. However, looking at it again, I think my tastes might have changed over the last few years because it really appeals to me now. There is a drastic contrast between the darkness of the shadows in the top right corner and the bright sunshine that covers the rest of the sky. The sunlight is reflected on the trees and a bit of the bridge as well. I wonder what made the artist want to paint this bridge-is this a bridge in Amsterdam? What makes it so special? I often wonder what compels artists to paint certain subjects.
This painting is entitled 'Bucentaur's return to the pier by the Palazzo Ducale' and was painted by Canaletto. It was painted between 1728 and 1729. It does not say what medium it is (perhaps an oil on canvas?) and is currently held on display at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow. This painting portrays a festival in Venice, which is one of my favorite places on earth. The description notes how the busy canal contrasts with the subdued beauty of the city in the background. You can see some very famous and historical landmarks portrayed in the background of the painting. I like how this piece shows a tradition and a scene in action. It is more than just a landscape painting because it is displaying an event, an important moment in time. I wonder why the artist decided to paint this festival, what it was that inspired him about this scene.
This work is entitled 'The Tower of Babel' and was painted by Pieter Bruegel the Elder in 1563. It is an oil on wood painting and is on display at the Museum of Fine Arts in Vienna. This painting stuck out to me because of the vivid details and the vivid color. It appears as though the tower has been destroyed somehow, and the people in the lower left hand corner are begging for forgiveness from the ruler. I know the Tower of Babel is an important religious symbol, but I am not sure of its importance, so some of the meaning of the painting is lost on me. Nevertheless, it is still very vivid and rich in detail, and the tower looks so real. It actually appears lifelike, despite the fact that the actual details of the tower are a bit ridiculous and it's highly unlikely you would find anything like this in real life.
This painting is entitled 'Seine Landscape near Chatou'. It was painted by Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot in 1855. It is an oil on canvas and is on display at the Nationalgalerie in Berlin. I think this painting goes along with the general style of the other paintings that I've put into this gallery. I don't think it's my favorite piece but it still caught my eye as I was browsing. The description discusses the dreamlike quality of Corot's work in relation to water. Although this is a picture of an actual place, Chatou, near Corot's home, he still interpreted his paintings "as much with my heart as with my eyes,". This makes me wonder what the actual scene that Corot saw looked like, and how exactly he interpreted the painting. From what I can tell the scene seems pretty realistic, I wouldn't be surprised if he merely painted what he saw, but apparently he added his own imagination to the painting. The mood of the painting is very peaceful and subdued, the colors are very muted and the scene is very calm.
This painting is entitled 'The Piazza San Marco in Venice' and was painted by Canaletto sometime between 1723 and 1724. It is an oil on canvas and can be seen at the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid. Canaletto was the leading painter of city views and looking at this painting I can understand why. This painting shows a view of the famous Piazza San Marco in Venice, somewhere that I've actually been. I find it interesting to look at artistic interpretations of places that I've actually seen in real life. This piece is very realistic and could almost be a photograph. I think the artist manages to capture the beauty and a little bit of the feeling you get when you experience the real thing. He really manages to capture the details as well as the big picture, with people peeking out of the windows and such, giving the impression that this is an actual city scene, and not just a picturesque landscape.
This painting is entitled 'Fishermen at Sea' and was painted by Joseph Mallord William Turner. It was painted in 1801 and it is an oil on canvas. It can be found at the Tate Museum in Britain. This painting has a very Sublime feel to it, as it expresses the overwhelming emotional power of nature. From the description I discovered that the contrast between the moonlight and the weak lantern on the ship represents the emphasis of nature over the fate of the men in the boat. I thought that was interesting, and many painters during this time period wanted to express the power of nature over man. More than that, however, I just love the eerie feeling of this painting, and the little light that shines on the boat from the moon compared to the total darkness of the rest of the painting.
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