MCA-11 Neoclassical

Neoclassicism, like many eras before it drew inspiration from classical Rome and Greece. This period however associated current events such as the American and French revolutions with the democracy in Greece and the republic in Rome. Rulers such as Napoleon even used Neoclassicism as propaganda drawing on its political origins. Drawing inspiration from excavating the ruins of cities such as Pompeii, these artists returned to the purity of Roman art, and used the crispness and certainty of the Greeks.

This painting, extremely historically significant shows the assassination of Jean-Paul Marat. The colors and technique in this painting are equally important however. Combining chiaroscuro with the gloomy colors seen here provides a beautiful combination that portrays emotion astonishingly well.
In this painting we can most certainly see the Neoclassical influence as we see the Horatii triplets,and yet we still see attention to artistic detail. The perspective shown from the very front man all the way to the archway in the back is spectacular. The colors, as per usual, have been toned down, yet still stand out and bring life to the painting.
In this painting the classical influence is quite obvious, seeing as it is a classical mythological tale. How this tale is told however is where the artistic abilities of David are most impressive.We see strategic placement of looks and limbs along with color choices that suit the situation in a way that those who view this painting know the story without need of further explanation.
Being one of David's most influential paintings we see the use of perspective to create depth, especially though the hallway, where we see segments of light peer down the length of the hall. His use of colors portray the grief and sadness of the moment which he displays, while his use of chiaroscuro highlights where our eyes are drawn.
In this painting we see less of Lucientes paying attention to detail, but more to emotion.By highlighting the skin tone of both Venus and Adonis, and darkening the background, he creates a gloomy feel, but still with light on the subjects.This classical influence showing the goddess Venus and God Adonis, both of beauty, is certainly spot on, as it shows their beauty compared to all that is around them.
Lucientes painted many bullfight scenes, and among them this one is one of the most extraordinary. You see that the bull is the most sincere of the characters in this work, and that those around him are the savages. The lighting and placement of the bull show he is the kind one. He does not fight to kill other beings, yet the humans around him do. This portrayal takes technique and sincerity of Lucientes and captures emotion.
In this painting we see, not so much of the classical influence, but influence of the industrial revolutions in surrounding areas. Though Lucientes lived only in Spain and France, word of British and American revolutions spread fast. We can see men working, and we most definitely see the use of chiaroscuro. Though most of this painting is dull, with grays and blacks, Lucientes draws our eye to the boys by lightening their faces and clothing, making them the true subjects of the painting.
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