LIFE REFLECTIONS

This is an example of self expression. This is an expressive function where this artist conveys views of his personality. The medium used was oil on canvas. Joseph Ducreux was interested in the study of physiognomy which is the study of facial features and expressions. His works were created with an expressive, humorous, and unorthodox image of self. Joseph liked to view his own facial features as a convenient means to observe various facial expressions. His creations definitely give insight into his personality. I just love how the red jacket stands out against the dark background. The boldness of the red caught my attention.
This piece represents the Worship/Ritual category. The medium used were fir wood panels. Back in time, Dominicans and Franciscans purchased tablets for prayer use. This piece represents a prayer called Crown of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary. The image of Mary serves as a purpose of worship. The scenes above Mary aid the user in prayer/meditation depicting events such as the act of salvation performed by her son. Scenes include the joyful and sorrowful mysteries, choirs of angels, sins/virtue, and gifts of the Holy Spirit. These tablets were the foundation of faith and worship to many. Today, Catholics often partake in prayer using a rosary.
I chose this piece for the Commentary category. Commentary pieces convey a visual accounting of a person, place or event. The piece was created using watercolors. Emily Carr is a renowned Canadian artist who was inspired by the First Nations People. This is Emily's representation of the totems located on Queen Charlotte Island. The totems symbolize many areas of the First Nations People's culture which leaves us guessing what they mean. Look at the details. One can see every line and curve on the totems. The setting looks peaceful. There is a forest or mountain in the background. The light colors mixed with dark colors make this a striking work of art.
This piece is my representation of a Commemorative piece. It is a reminder of humanity in all walks of life. Life is precious indeed. The medium is color on paper. The scroll is a form of rokudo-e (paintings representing the six paths of transmigration (hell, hungry ghosts, animals, asuras, humans and heaven). This scroll was painted to offer teachings on the suffering of illness from the four sufferings of birth, old age, illness, and death. The men on the right look surprised to see a woman breastfeeding her child in public. At the front, their appears to be a heavier woman who is flushed and having difficulty walking. Humans can be judgmental. Perhaps this piece represents human nature.
I chose this piece to represent the category of Persuasion. It was crafted from bronze in the 17th century. Neptune was the God of freshwater and then the sea, but he was also the God of earthquakes. Neptune was often seen riding dolphins or horses. Here, he is riding a dolphin. The dolphin might symbolize the creature Neptune sent after Amphitrite to plead his case for love. Neptune often carried a trident. He was known for his violent temper. You can imagine him using the staff to create havoc such as storms or earthquakes. Here you see him sitting erect astride the sea creature with trident in hand. This symbolizes power. In this artwork, Neptune is persuasive as a God.
This piece represents my version of Delight. Delight means to experience joy and pleasure. In art, this may represent an erotic relationship with our feelings. The glass bottle in the picture was crafted with enamel painting. Enamel paintings date back to ancient Roman times. The bottle appears delicate but has been richly decorated. The design seems crowded with details. The heavy gold coloring in combination with enamel flecks which appear to be applied carefully like precious stones along with hints of color make this a piece to be admired. It was a nice surprise discovering this treasure.
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