VISA 1Q98, 2015

The reason why I put these images together is that they fascinated me right when I first saw them. They each tell a story which is what I was looking for. The images are taken each at different periods of time, for the most part. Two images are created in the 1500s. All but one of the images are paintings consisting of a lot of detail. The one, non-painted image, is a more modern photograph that is black and white. I chose to include it in the gallery because it depicts a story. The first image is by Francisco de Goya, 1808-1812. At first glance of this image you see a lot of people dancing and celebrating. One closer look, however it seems like the people are celebrating masks or demons of some sort. The flag depicts an image of a creepy face which indicates that the people are worshiping something. There are two women dancing in white dresses and a man with a brown cloak dancing. Behind the three of these dancers there is a demon creature dancing as well. The creature is depicted as having horns and is wearing all back besides his face which is wearing a creepy smile. Beside this demon is a cowboy looking gentleman racing into the picture. Maybe to stop what is happening? Right below the cowboy figurine is a wolf/bear like creature approaching the dancers. All the other people painted in the image look terrified as they watch the terrible thing that is happening. They are however wearing masks as well. If you look at the trees in the background you can see the wind blowing through the trees as if there is some unseen force causing it. This image relates through the courses themes by depicting ideology by believing this "demon" ritual is a system of beliefs that exist in this culture, interpellation by allowing me to understand what the meaning of the image is to the best of my ability, realism is depicted through the faces of the people painted, and perspective with the size difference of the people by seeing how far in the distance the amount of people that attended this celebration. The second image is by Giovanni Bellini, ~1480. This image depicts St. Francis in the desert. The painting itself is very well painted with greats amount of detail. St. Francis looks as if he is praying to the sky wearing a cloak which represents the time in which clothing was so simple. In the far distance you can see a city with buildings showing how far away from civilization St. Francis is. This image represents the concepts of studium referring to the truth of the photograph, if this particular scene actually happened, connotative meanings by the image representing a historical concept in religion, realism by demonstrating visual culture and emotion in the painting, and perspective by demonstrating the size comparison with the building in the far distance as well as the animals in the middle and finally St. Francis himself in the foreground. The third image was created by Vittore Carpaccio, 1510. This image depicts a young man dressed in armor standing in a manly position, in front of a man on a horse and castle. This artist went in great detail in order to include different situations and different aspects in the image. The artist added different animals to the painting in order to invoke a sense of nature and calmness. You can see a dog standing behind the young knight and in the distance still see a rabbit, birds by the water, a deer and even a vulture eating on its prey. Every little piece of this art work has a great amount of detail. This image relates to the concepts of connotative meaning by demonstrating historical concepts in the image, realism with the use of different elements in the image that tell  story in where the characters live evoking happiness (maybe after a battle), and perspective with having the castle in the distance, the animals in the distance as well as having a rocky cliff in the distance. The fourth image was created by Jheronimus Bosch, 1500. The image depicts a man who seems to have some secrets. He is wearing worn out clothes, a piece of material on his head and two different pairs of shoes. If i had to guess he looks like he stole items from the neighborhood that can been seen behind him. He carries a basket on his back full of items as well as something in his jacket. To me it looks like a chicken leg, which means he stole food. Near him is a dog who seems angry. In the background there is a building showing four people. One shows a man and a woman in the door way. the woman seems to be attempting to get away from this man who is holding her in place. I am not sure if this man is simply trying to stop her from going after this man or that he is trying to grab her in a sexual way. At the side of the building you can see a man urinating on the wall while at the same time a woman is staring at this man urinating. However, because of the placement of the window where the women staring is, it was be impossible for her to see him showing an artist mistake. In general it looks like the people depicted are struggling to find food and warm in a poor town. The concepts that this image depicts include representation by showing the times that people struggled for necessities, interpellation by making myself understand what is happening with this man leaving this town even if I am wrong about the true meaning, modernity because the painting illustrates historical, cultural, and economic conditions, spectator with the women staring at the men in the painting, and realism by depicting the truth with historical content accurately. The fifth painting was created by Giuseppe Arcimboldo, 1572. It depicts an image of a women, however she is made out of fruit and vegetables. It is an interesting concept but i do not understand why the artist chose to paint a women this way. The image is colourful and even makes the women look like she is smiling with the fruit and vegetables. The clothing that this women is wearing is a straw material piece of cloth. The artist chose to incorporate his name and the year the painting was created into the straws of fruit and vegetables. This painting demonstrates the concepts similar to the painting by Henri-Horace Roland de la Porte, Still Life, 1765 by using fruit as the model while creating a face with the fruit similarly to the artist Marion Peck, Still Life with Dralas, 2003 (Sturken, Cartwright, 2009, pg. 13-14). Finally, the last image is a photograph created by Eric-Lee Johnson, 1955. This image is not that old compared to the other ones in this gallery, however it still creates a story. In the image it depicts happy families spending time on the beach and in the water. The image is in black and white which indicates the type of camera being used. The beach seems to be surrounded by a beautiful landscape of mountains as seen in the background. In the water you can see a fin. You can not see the expressions on the peoples faces, however they do not seem terrified. There are even people approaching the finned animal on a boat which indicates that it is a dolphin in the water. It is strange however, why would a dolphin be that close to the shore? The concepts that his image represents are representation by demonstrating the world around us with happy families, photographic truth by depicting a moment in time with one simple photograph (studium in other words), ideology by focusing on the importance of family, modernity since this image depicts cultural and economic times with these families, realism by depicting a moment in time accurately with one single photograph, perspective with the size difference between the people on the sand verses the people in the water as well as the mountain in the distance, and media because if this image did not have a title, then viewers could think that the dolphin is really a shark preying on the swimmers in the water.   

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