A Golden Look from the Heavens By Jackson Duff

A soft look into the visual prowess of the past and their religious views, and use of colors to describe and visualize their gods. Here we will mostly look at ancient religions and touch lightly on the paintings of the Renaissance. I do hope that you enjoy this gallery of mine.

Stone figure of Xiuhcoatl, 1300/1521, From the collection of: British Museum
The statue is of the spirit form of Xiuhtecuhtli the Deity of Fire, and is known also as the turquoise serpent. Carved with extreme precision, showing the willingness of time spent to please the gods.
Buddha sheltered by the naga Muchalinda, Angkor Wat period (1100-1175), 1150-1250, From the collection of: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
I chose this piece more for the possibility of color. With such an intricate work. I wonder if it was meant to have color to complete the detail of this work, or if its just the tradition to keep it.
Stone Tiger, Late Shang Dynasty, 1100 B.C. - The Western Zhou Dynasty, 771 B.C., From the collection of: Jinsha Site Museum
A fine, and very old piece, I chose it for the colors that still remain on the work. With most of them faded or just gone, the fact that some color (particularly in the mouth) is fascinating to see.
Prince Vladimir chooses a religion in 988, Johann Leberecht Eggink, 1822/1822, From the collection of: Latvian National Museum of Art
An interesting work, as the colors are used in an peculiar way. That darker colors create an almost viewing part into the moment. With brighter colors on the inside, it is an interesting way to focus.
The Birth of Venus, Nicolas Poussin, French, 1594 - 1665, 1635 or 1636, From the collection of: Philadelphia Museum of Art
I really do enjoy the colors in this work because of how precise the use of them creates a very real perception of depth, and shadows. A truly masterful work to see from some long ago.
The Baptism of Christ, Paolo Veronese (Paolo Caliari) and workshop (Italian, 1528 - 1588), about 1580 - 1588, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
The colors used in this piece, like many others religious pieces at this time were, uses a good difference in color to show those who were far more important in the piece compared to those who sin.
The beautiful contrast of colors in this piece are clear to display the light being brought with the coming of Jesus into the evil darkness of the first circle of Hell. A fine and very detailed piece.
Saint Margaret, Joan Reixach, Around 1456, From the collection of: Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya - MNAC, Barcelona
The colors used in this piece speak to the nature of religious paintings at the time. Shrouding the heroes, and heroines in gold, but the red of the cloth does seem like it may hold more secrets.
Jupiter and Io, Antonio Allegri, called Correggio, 1520/1540, From the collection of: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien
The colors in this piece really grasp me, due to the fact that it almost seems like Jupiter, to a point is corruption, or this dark over-looming lust of Io's while she is this very pure entity.
Virgin and child with a pear, Albrecht Dürer, 1512, From the collection of: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien
This piece is beautifully crafted, and is clearly of German origin due to the design of the child. The blue color of the woman's dress is well designed.
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