Paintings Essay Examples and Topics

Community of Graphic Novelists

Introduction The community of graphic artists is rather old. Since the day, when people invented cave art, the pictures that were supposed to render a specific message have been in use as one of the primary means of communicating an idea to someone. The inventions of the 21st century have opened an entire pool of […]

Paintings: Andrew Wyeth Exhibition

The exhibition Andrew Wyeth: Looking Out, Looking In, featured at the National Gallery of Arts (May 4 – November 30, 2014), is about providing people with the opportunity to observe the original paintings of Andrew Wyeth – an American artist, known for being able to ensure the unmistakably impressionist spirit of his formally realist (abstract) […]

Audrey Fox Paintings

The present paper focuses on three works by Audrey Fox. The first work is Ribbons of Light in the Night (Fig. 1). The medium is gouache on board. The second work is entitled An Ending in Wishbones and Sea Clams (Fig. 2). The medium is oil on canvas. The third work goes under the title […]

Paintings Comparison: Paris Street, Rainy Day and The Card Players

For this paper, I have selected the following two paintings: Painting 1 Name of the painting: Paris Street, Rainy Day Artist: Gustav Caillebotte Year: 1877 Type: Oil on canvas Size: 212.2 – 276.2 cm The painting, “Paris Street, Rainy Day,” was painted by the French painter, Gustav Caillebotte, in the year 1877. Caillebotte was from […]

Analysis of Jean-Honor Fragonard’s Painting “The Swing”

Introduction Jean-Honor Fragonard was a pupil of Chardin and Boucher. The experienced he got from these artists contributed to his achievement of the Prix de Rome in 1750s. According to Wildenstein (2005), Fragonard was heavily influenced by Baroque and Tiepolo styles. However, he was among the classical artists who turned to Rocco style sometimes in […]

Suffering in the Painting Autumn of Ashes by Tim Lowly

Tim Lowly defines suffering as a new experience in life. Tim Lowly and Sherrie bore a child with complications such as respiratory problem, brain damage, and cardiac arrest. The complications presented some challenges to the life of Lowly and Sherrie since they had no experience in parenting. Lowly describes the experience using “a metaphor of […]

The Painting “Arnolfini Wedding” by Jan Van Eyck

The world famous painting of an early Flemish artist, Jan Van Eyck, entitled “Arnolfini Wedding” is probably one of the most enigmatic and symbolic European masterpieces that have been preserved to our time. Painted in 1434, it still inspires researchers and art critics for new interpretations and iconographic analyses. The two people depicted in the […]

20th Century Art – Pablo Picasso

Introduction Pablo Ruiz Picasso was born on October 25th in Malaga, Spain. Picasso was the first-born son of Jose Ruiz and Picasso Lopez. Picasso’s father was a watercolorist and a lecturer of art, as well a custodian in the local Malaga museum. This then gives a clear indication that Picasso got most of his artistic […]

“Frida Kahlo: A Contemporary Feminist Reading” by Liza Bakewell

Frida Kahlo is a female artist with great influence in Mexico and the world over. Kahlo left a huge following for her artistic work beside her image that is a major selling point. Through the use of material art, she was able to put across precise views on revolutionary issues. She is also credited with […]

Frida Kahlo’s and Material Culture

Frida Kahlo’s artworks and personality have a big influence on material culture. Several influences shaped Kahlo’s perceptions as an artist. Kahlo’s artistic talents can be seen through her artworks which appeal to many people across the world. The renewed focus on linguistic and cultural issues in art by mainstream segments of the society has made […]

Wassily Kandinsky: The World as an Abstract Painting

A Slice of the Modern Period In the context of the epoch, Kandinsky’s biography became relevant as he joined the Blue Rider and gained an opportunity to find his unique manner of painting. Before the Blue Rider, Kandinsky’s experience was restricted to following the traditions of the genre (Boehmer, 2013). Kandinsky, W., (1901). Study for […]

Paul Klee Versus Cy Twombly. “Around the fish (1926)” and “Tiznit (1953)”

Introduction “Around the fish (1926)” and “Tiznit (1953)” could not be more distinct from each other. Each work of art epitomizes what its creation is about. One painting is geometric, another is haphazard; one is rhythmic, while the other seems to be free from such coordination. However, these diverge differences do not mask the similarities […]

Rembrandt’s Self-Portrait, Vincent van Gogh’s Portrait of Joseph Roulin and Andy Warhol’s Gold Marilyn Monroe. Comparison

Introduction Typically, painted images are full of clues regarding the historical and cultural context. They also carry the message regarding the interest and abilities of the artist. In fact, they always depict the person in the image. Visual analysis of works of art involves keen observation of the details painted by an artist from formal […]

Cimabue’s “Madonna Enthroned”

Introduction The artwork in question is entitled Madonna Enthroned. It was created between 1280 and 1290 by Cimabue of Florence (Davies et al. 283). It is tempera on panel and the dimensions of the artwork are 3.9 x 2.2 m (Davies et al. 283). It is also necessary to note that the artist used gold […]

Femme Fatale Concept

Introduction The concept of femme fatale refers to a woman who is dangerous because of her alluring tendencies. Artists have strived and depicted such tendencies of women in their artworks. The duality of femme fatale and Primitivism presents different meanings based on the work of art. The essay focuses on the three paintings by Matisse, […]

Van Gogh’s Unanswered Love that fueled his Artistic Creativity

Introduction Born in 1853, Vincent Wilem Van Gogh was one of the renowned artists of the 19th century. According to Callow (1990), Van Gogh was a painter “whose work was notable for its beauty, emotional honesty, and bold color with a far reaching influence on 20th century art” (13). The painter began drawing at an […]

Trodden Weed

Introduction The art piece Trodden Weed is a painting depicting a man’s boots walking on a patch bearing what appear to be weeds. It was created in 1951 by the artist Andrew Wyeth, who later came out to explain that it was self-portrait. According to Wyeth, he had undergone an eight-hour surgical operation on his […]

“Girl with a Pearl Earring” by Johannes Vermeer

The chosen painting is called ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’. It is one of the most famous paintings of Johannes Vermeer, a Dutch painter. Vermeer painted this painting in the year 1665. He used oil as the medium and canvas as the base for the painting. The size of the painting is 44.5 cm x […]

The Art of Frieda Kahlo and Chicano Art

Introduction Frida Kahlo was a famous Mexican artist who was known for her self portraits and the intense colors that featured in most of her works. Kahlo was born in 1907 in Coyoacan a small township in Mexico City. She began her painting career after she was involved in a bus accident in 1925 that […]

Costume of the Portrait of Charles Le Coeur

Introduction Assigned image: Bustle Creator: Pierre-Auguste Renoir Title: Portrait of Charles Le Coeur Date: 1874 Material: oil on canvas Measurements: 42 x 30 cm Description: Inscription: signed on the lower left: A. Renoir; inscribed on the upper right: ô GalantJard Repository: Musée d’Orsay Collection: Art, Archaeology and Architecture (Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archives) […]

“Crucifixion with Angels and Mourning Figures”

Introduction The “Crucifixion with Angels and Mourning Figures” Cover from the Lindau Gospels and the Gero Crucifix show different styles in which Jesus is depicted. One is plain and simple, while the other shows him garbed in luxury. It is based on these contrasting aspects that this paper will examine both figures and attempt to […]

Mona Lisa and the Last Supper Paintings

Leonardo Da Vinci is one of the greatest artists in history whose artistic paintings are very popular around the world. Mona Lisa and the Last Supper paintings are among the best paintings in his collection. Da Vinci’s curiosity and imagination influenced most of his artistic expressions. Da Vinci’s artistic prowess is manifested in Mona Lisa […]

Descriptive Painting «The Creation of Adam»

Introduction The Creation of Adam is a painting that belongs to the renaissance era. This work is Michelangelo’s fresco Sistine chapel ceiling, which is circa done in the year1508-1512. The work was done in the Sistine Chapel of Vatican in Rome (Hartt 56). This painting was selected because of the way it expresses the relationship […]

2-D artwork appreciation: Analysis of painting “The kindred spirits” by Asher Brown Durand

Step 1: Identification The painting “Kindred Spirits” is one of Asher Brown Durand’s most attractive pieces of art. The 1849 painting was made with “oil on canvas”. It belongs to the era of modernity (Frank 21). It depicts Thomas Cole and William Cullen Bryant (renowned poets). It is an appreciation of the two American poets, […]

Watching the World Fall Apart: A Post-WWI Vision of the World in the Works of Otto Dix, Max Beckmann and George Grosz

War is one of the most hideous concepts that the humankind has ever come up with. While it is quite understandable that at the current stage of the development of humankind, some conflicts still have to be resolved with the use of coercive methods, war as a massive homicide still remains a truly revolting idea; […]

Who is Devi, Hindu Goddess?

Devi is literally considered to be a great goddess found in Great India and also known to have many guises. She has a feminine divinity. Most people regard her as a gentle mother who is tender and approachable. She is perceived as the mother of the universe. Moreover, she performs cosmic roles such as destroying […]

Joan Miro’s Self Portrait I

Introduction A self portrait encompasses an artist’s representation of himself. This paper’s major subject encompasses a 1917 self portrait by Joan Miro1. This portrait encompasses one of his earlier works that were produced before his first exhibition in 1918. The identification of themes is essential before the painting of a self portrait. The painting’s major […]

The Weeders By Breton And Women Picking Olives By Van Gogh

The two paintings under consideration, Van Gogh’s Women Picking Olives, and Breton’s The Weeders, have much in common, despite choosing dramatically different techniques, reflecting a change of approach, but achieving equally lovingly appreciative results. These works, roughly 20 years apart in time of creation, are similar in that they portray women engaged in agricultural labor, […]

Napoleon Bonaparte in his study

Napoleon Bonaparte was a French military and political leader who rose to prominence during the latter stages of the French Revolution and its associated wars in Europe (Howell 103). Below is a creative response to a portrait of the leader, dubbed Napoleon Bonaparte in his study (David 1). Creative response One day in 1812, as […]

Comparing and Contrasting Duccio’s and Raphael’s ‘Adoration of the Magi’

Introduction Each of the two painters, Duccio and Raphael, did an individual piece of Adoration of the Magi during two different generations- about two centuries apart. These times were characterized by different theories of art. It is therefore natural that these works, albeit of the same subject matter and content, would be different. Yet, despite […]

The Obstacle Race by Germaine Greer

Germaine Greer books reflect issues affecting women artists. She is a feminist writer who explores the works of female painters. She looked at the contribution female painters have achieved. In her book, The Obstacle Race, Greer analyses the works and destiny of women artists. She keenly observes why women have not excelled in the field […]

“Christ before Pilate” by Luca Giordano

Introduction During the Renaissance period, scholars and theologians used various strategies to emphasize the importance of Christ’s life. Most of the artists at the time presented different paintings and images aimed at encouraging people to appreciate Christ’s existence on earth. The painting “Christ before Pilate” by Luca Giordano is one of these works of art. […]

The painting “Planting Chrysanthemums”

Introduction In examining the painting “Planting Chrysanthemums” by Lu Zhi, it can be seen that it possesses stylistic elements found in the types of hanging scroll paintings during the Ming Dynasty. It is interesting to note that this particular painting was a gift to Lu Zhi’s friend Tao Yuanming (considered one of the greatest Chinese […]

Early Netherlandish Painting: Triptych of Madonna and Child with Angels; Donor and His Patron Saint Peter Martyr; and Saint Jerome and His Lion by the Master of the Legend of Saint Lucy

Early Netherlandish Painting: Triptych of Madonna and Child with Angels; Donor and His Patron Saint Peter Martyr; and Saint Jerome and His Lion by the Master of the Legend of Saint Lucy Introduction The period of 1420-1550 in the European art is characterized by the development of the early Netherlandish painting. In their works, the […]

Vincent van Gogh: Changes in the Technique

Vincent van Gogh is now viewed as a representative of post-impressionist school of painting. However, one can say that his style evolved significantly during his life-time and there is a significant difference between his later and earlier works. This paper is aimed at discussing the picture illustrating the changes in his artistic technique. At first […]

Overview: “Rembrandt’s Self-Portrait with a Dead Bittern”

Introduction The painting, Rembrandt’s Self-Portrait with a Dead Bittern (see fig. 1) of Rembrandt van Rijn during the 17th century presents the modern or hybrid painting of the traditional paintings. Most of Rembrandt’s paintings show the idea of the modern romantic artworks. Rembrandt captured his brilliance as an artist using three aspects of creativity, which […]

An Exploration in Perspective Drawing

Historical Context of Perspective Drawing Perspective drawings entails portraying three dimensional spaces into two dimensional spaces, and are classified into aerial and linear perspective. Historically, perspective drawing was examined by philosophers including Euclid, Roger Bacon, and Robert Grosseteste according to their professions, and the way they made observations of the visible world. Duccio and Giotto […]

“The Representation of the Real”: Courbet, Manet, Realism and French Modernity

Both Edouard Manet and Gustave Courbet were self-identified founding pioneers of the Realist movement. They exemplified the trend in French art termed Modernity, defined by the poet Charles Baudelaire as a pursuit of “the transitory, the fugitive, the contingent”1. These artists rejected received wisdom, whether regarding social issues, or brushwork technique. However, their approaches reflected […]

The portrait of Marchesa Brigida Spinola Doria by Peter Paul Rubens

Introduction Rubens was born in Siege, Germany, in 1577. He was a prominent baroque artist. He supported Baroque movement of arts and travelled popularize it around Europe. The purpose of this paper is to use visual skills to analyze the portrait of “Marchesa Brigida Spinola Doria”. Analysis The title of the painting is “Marchesa Broginda […]

Various Types of Ancient Chinese Paintings in Different Dynasties

Introduction It is a fact that art existed even before the beginning of civilization. Civilization led to the development of various tools that helped in improving art. Anthropologists use paintings to get insights into the activities of various ancient cultures. Various ancient cultures had different styles of paintings. Scholars have undertaken extensive studies on ancient […]

Explorations of Iconography

Those who observe the depictions of Venus and Madonna in Renaissance paintings, immediately notice that there is a common motif to the artistic representations of these two mythological female figures. This motif is being concerned with the celebration of one of the foremost feminine virtues – fertility. In its turn, this can be explained by […]

The James River Exhibitions

Both James River exhibitions: ‘The James in the Civil War’ and ‘The James in the period 1880-1920’, are quite different, however have much in common. Two pictures: ‘View of the Port of Richmond Virginia’ in the Civil War and the ‘Evacuation of Richmond’ in the period 1880-1920, have been analyzed. The first image is in […]

Djoser and Imhotep Art History

Netjerikhet Djoser, also known as Zoser, was probably the famous King who ruled Egypt in the third Dynasty for 19 years. His name means “the divine body” and he is remembered for commissioning the construction of step pyramid which was architectural work of Imhotep. Historical facts have revealed that the relation between Dsojer and Imhopet was […]

Jackson Pollock: Portrait and a dream

Description of the artwork “Portrait and a dream” is an artwork created by Jackson Pollock in 1953. It is categorized under the works by modern abstract expressionists. The medium the artist used to do the painting is canvas, while the material used is oil. Its size and dimensions are 148.59 x 342.26 cm. The subject […]

Aristotle with a Bust of Homer Rembrandt

Introduction Baroque can be traced back in Rome. It was mainly used to raise emotions of viewers in order to sway their thinking. The Roman Catholic Church found Baroque very important in their ministry of the word of God. Many people had strongly believed in gods they could see or touch, like moon, sun or […]

A Written Analysis of Other Artists’ Works

Introduction Some fundamentals on the picture The picture I would like to analyze is called The Battle. It belongs to an abstract art. The most interesting point, however, which may surprise many people, is that The Battle was created not by a well-known artist as most of people think, but by a psychotherapist from New […]

Kertha Gosa Ceiling vs. “Dreaming” paintings by Aborigines of Australia

Introduction Kertha Gosa Ceiling and “Dreaming” paintings by Aborigines of Australia are both spiritual world artworks. Both have come a long way and have advanced with the advancing technology. Many countries of world have embraced such artworks with some neglecting the importance of such artworks. Even though many see art as an economic activity to […]

Netherlands’ Flower Paintings in 17th Century

Still life paintings were common in Netherlands in 17th century. Artists made these paintings with specific intentions and objectives. Dutch people have loved flowers since time in memorial. Artist took an initiative to represent various flowers in paintings. Flowers were in a sub-genre of still life which was highly regarded and well paid in Middleburg, […]

Color and Materiality in Venetian Painting

Tintoretto’s Susannah and the Elders takes as its topic the Apocryphal tale of an honorable young Jewish matron sexually blackmailed by elderly public servants and saved from execution by Daniel’s literally divinely inspired interrogation . Tintoretto chooses the moment when Susannah’s lustful admirers try to spy on her while bathing, to encapsulate the longer story […]

Renaissance art piece formal analysis

The Renaissance period has presented a lot of masterpieces of art which has formed the cradle of modern culture. The works by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael are famous all over the world. The perfectness and harmony of their art pieces have determined the principles of the world art development. Raphael is one of […]

Adélaïde Labillle-Guiard’s Self-Portrait with Two Pupils

Presentation of the Images Adélaïde Labillle-Guiard’s Self-Portrait with Two Pupils, focuses on the woman seated articulately on the emerald green chair. As the title suggests, this is a self-portrait of the painter. The focal point in the composition is the elegantly dressed female artist donning a soft-hued blue dress wearing a straw hat, while two […]

The Starry Night by Van Gogh

Introduction The Starry Night is one of the ancient pieces of antique paintings and it has continued to draw a lot of interest in the museum galleries and art exhibitions the world over. One of the most interesting aspects in the painting is the use of colors to bring out the textural aspect in this […]

The Ambiguity of Mona Lisa Painting

This paper will provide a rhetoric analysis of the Mona Lisa painting, because it has rendered its audience into a redundant situation where the individual who admires this painting always ends up in his or her own interpretation or assumption of the different meanings of the image. This is a painting that has received mixed […]

Oil paper Umbrella

Neil Brown argues that work of art is subject to myriad of challenges and it has reached a point whereby they are being criticized (Needham 56). In his argument, he observes that technology is merely affecting and gradually eroding the value of art. In this case, the real and intrinsic nature of art is being […]

Madonna of the Meadows and Madonna of the Long Neck

There have been many paintings of Madonna done by different artists. Among all these images, Madonna is illustrated using different artistic expressions and despite the difference in time, the paintings still hold some similarities; the differences also notwithstanding. The great artistic works illustrate the possibility of having shared themes but expressing them differently. By analyzing […]

Mexican Muralist Diego Rivera

Art is one of forms of communication used by artists to express their ideas. In addition, it has always been an inseparable part of the process of study historical and cultural heritage of a particular country. Indeed, it is a form of self-expression and self-analysis that artists of all times employed in order to communicate […]

The Analyzing of Paintings “Cranes” in Edo Period

The paintings under consideration, Cranes, date back to the Edo Period, the time of humanistic and rational evolution. During this period, a significant shift from religious topics to secular motifs was observed. Elements of nature and classic representation of images were also included into the salient features of this time. Despite secularism and predominance of […]

Waterloo Bridge by Claude Monet

The variety of paintings in the Denver Art Museum is impressive indeed. The division of collections into Textile Art, Asian Art, Pre-Columbian Art, Spanish Colonial etc provides the visitor with an opportunity to choose one exhibition in accordance with personal interests and demands. The collection that attracts my attention is the European & American Art; […]

Art History – Mona Lisa

Art history explores the history of art from prehistoric times to modern times. This discipline challenges ones creative side and motivate him or her to discover the aesthetic appeal of manmade forms. One of the historic masterpieces of world art is the sixteenth century portrait of Mona Lisa done by the talented Italian artist, Leonardo […]

Illustration’ Evolution in 20th Century

Introduction Illustration can be described as an art work that seeks to clarify, represent or decorate text. Illustration covers many areas including drawings, paintings and printings. In this regard, it is a field of art that is subjected to environmental fluctuations, such as technology. Illustrations have been dynamic, despite the fact that most of them […]

Manet’s Le Dejuner sur L’herbe and Bouguereau’s Nymphs and Satyr

Édouard Manet and William-Adolphe Bouguereau are two famous 19th century French painters. They are widely famous for their painting techniques and influence that they had on the future generation of impressionist painters, such as Pablo Picasso. Édouard Manet and William-Adolphe Bouguereau were highly criticized for the subjects matters and painting manners that they used in […]

The Son of Man by Rene Magritte

Introduction “The Son of Man”, a 1964 painting by the Belgian artist Rene Magritte, depicts a man in a bowler hat with his face obscured by a green apple which surprises the observers and motivates them to think the symbolic meaning of using the technique of hiding a part of the visible over. Choosing a […]

Nudity in the Paintings of the Renaissance

Introduction Throughout the history of art, nudity has been used to represent beauty, shame, power and frailty apart from sex and sensuality. Many works done by Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Giorgione, Titian and other renaissance artists have contained an aspect of nudity of the human body, both men and female. Major paintings during the medieval […]

Museum Gallery: “Madonna and Child with St. John” by Giovanni Bellini

Workshop of bellini: mother and child with st. John: example of the early venetian renaissance and foreshadowing of later renaissance naturalism. The Indianapolis Museum of Art’s European Gallery is displaying a painting by the Venetian workshop of the Early Renaissance painter, Giovanni Bellini, titled Madonna and Child with St. John (Bellini). It shows an effort […]

«Starring Night»

Introduction The painting captures similar themes when analyzed at surface level as well as in relation to the artist’s life. Van Gogh was schizophrenic, yet he managed to make beautiful art. Starring Night is a painting that epitomizes restlessness or turbulence; this was a reflection of the artist’s state of mind. Description of the painting […]

Analysis of the paintings The Goose Girl at Montfoucault (Camille Pissarro) and The Rocks (Vincent van Gogh)

Introduction The paintings created by the two artists are similar in several aspects. The artists completed the paintings around the same era. The time difference between the completion of the first painting (The Goose Girl) and the second one (The Rocks) was only thirteen years. The works of both artists focused on creating impression about […]

The school of Athens

School of Athens is a piece of fresco done by Raphael within the period of 1509 and 1511 at the Apostolic Palace in Vatican City (Munn 67). This is one of the most philosophical frescoes done during this era. Raphael was known as a philosopher. During his era, the society was heavily influenced by the […]

The Representation of Women in the Paintings of the High Renaissance and the Recurring Tendencies of the XXI Century

Introduction: Women in Media. History and Evolution Up until the XX century, women could not play significant roles in the world history for understandable reasons. Due to the chauvinist ideas that used to be widely accepted in the society, women were forced to remain in the shadow. However, women were still portrayed in the media; […]

Greek and Roman Art in the Campus

The Three Works Admittedly, Greek and Roman art traditions have affected the development of the contemporary arts. At present, it is possible to find Greek and Roman traits in many works of modern artists. Our campus is also decorated with works which are influenced by Greek and Roman arts. It is possible to consider such […]

The Birth of Venus

The Birth of Venus is a famous painting produced in the year 1863 by a French painter Alexandre Cabanel (Pipes 133). In the same year, Napoleon III purchased the painting. Currently, a similar painting is being preserved at the Musée d’Orsay Museum in Paris. Many writers have described Cabanel as an intelligent academic painter with […]

Renaissance Art

Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci (1503–1519) Source: Communication The Mona Lisa is a painting symbolizing the look of Lisa Gherardini, wife of Francesco Del Giocono. It is a portrait by da Vinci, one of the Renaissance masters, in honor of Francesco’s wife. The image puts across a message about the family of Francesco. […]

Comparison of Renaissance Works of Art

The renaissance period can be described as an era in which great works of art, especially paintings by great artists, were produced. This paper endeavors to compare and contrast two paintings from this period, one appearing on a website and the other from a study textbook. The two paintings are The Last Communion of St. […]

Les Demoiselles d’Avignon – Picasso – 1907

  Les Demoiselles d’Avignon – Picasso – 1907 Abstract art, especially the work of Pablo Picasso, is always subject to individual interpretation yet always contains an underlying theme that expresses the “message” that the artist is attempting to convey to the viewer. It is due to this that before meticulously analyzing a particular painting it […]

Analysis of the ‘Triumph of Bacchu’ Painting by Nicholas Poussin

Introduction In this painting, Nicholas Poussin depicts the Triumph of Baucchus, the God of Wine. It is actually a copy of Poussin’s original piece at the Nelson Art Gallery of Art museum, Kansas. The action centers on Pan, a deity that causes the action of even the spectators who are not interested or even looking […]

Picasso’s Blue Period

The famous Picasso’s Blue Period was the name used to explain the painted works of art that were done using blue color. These paintings were mainly famous from 1901 to 1904. This was a significant period in poetry and art because it marked a building block of a new era in art (Ravin, 2004). The […]

The Last Supper

The Last Supper is one the most renowned work of art in the human history. A celebrated Italian painter named Leonardo da Vinci did the painting between the years 1494 and 1499 (Barcilon & Marani, 2001). Many writers have described da Vinci as an intelligent academic painter with an outstanding impression (Kemp, 2011). The painting […]

Van Gogh’s Use of Color

The works of Van Gogh and his use of color have often been studied chronologically demonstrating the shift in his usage of colors from his early paintings, which were dark and pessimistic, to the paintings of his mature career, where he has used lighter tones and brighter colors. In the later stage, Van Gogh made […]

“Lion Panel” in Chauvet Cave

“Lion Panel” which is in Chauvet cave (Ardeche valley, in France) dates back to 30,000 BCE (Getlein 5). The drawing could be painted onto the wall of the cave with the help of the reed brush. As for the paint, it could be a mixture of “a natural substance, along with black charcoal” and animal […]

The Peculiarities of Degenerate Art

When the National Socialists received the power in 1933 they were inclined to change all the aspects of the social, political, and cultural life in Germany according to the Nazi specific ideals. These changes were rather painful for the society. They were also associated with those attacks which were directed against the examples of different […]

Leonardo Da Vinci’s Last Supper

Introduction Very few paintings have elicited as much controversy, discussions and dissection as the Leonardo Da Vinci Last Supper painting. This master piece has been subject to a whole new discussion following the [popularity of Dan Brown’s book, The Da Vinci Code. People have analyzed the painting a fresh by looking at whether it truly […]

The Notion of Graffiti Art

Introduction Graffiti is a painting, mark, or writing that is scratched, scrawled, or sprayed on surfaces and walls in places that are reachable to the public eye. However, they are not very easy to interpret. The word graffiti initially referred to the marks that were found on prehistoric Roman art. Today, graffiti is found in […]

Image Revision: “Landscape with the Fall of Icarus” by Pieter Bruegel

The meaning of visual perception Visual perception is an ability of our brain to analyze information, which is provided by the eyes. Although some visual elements can be broken, our brain tries to recognize every element of the picture, etc. Thus, some memories depend upon certain visual productions, i.e. photos, pictures, videos, etc. Sometimes, the […]

The Adoration of the Shepherds by Andrea Mantegna

The painting under consideration entitled ‘The Adoration of the Shepherds’ was created by Andrea Mantegna in 1450. The dimensions of the painting are 40 x 55.6 cm. The medium is tempera on canvas. Notably, the painting was transferred from wood. The painter used rich and bright colors. The picture reveals images of Christ, Maria, Joseph, […]

Gender and Art: Female Role in Visual Art

The females have played an important role in the artistic field and yet for a long period this significant contribution has been assumed. Females have contributed equally to the males in the development and enrichment of the field of art. However, the poor position of the women in the society led to less recognition of […]

Comparison between Nefertiti and Shabti Sennedjem

The paintings on Nefertiti and Shabtis are both renowned Egyptian paintings. They are both ancient paintings and had different significance to the Egyptian culture. These paintings differ in terms of size, symbolism and other functions. One of the paintings is a full painting, while the other is only the bust. Shabtis according to the Egyptian […]

The Last Moments of Saint Mary Magdalene

Introduction A closer examination of a piece of art work may depict an artist’s mind. The way form, and other literary studies are used by the artist indicates his/ her art world. An artist uses his work therefore to communicate some message to people; otherwise called his audience. A painting tells an audience to the […]

“The Two Fridas” painting analysis

General Information The painting “Two Fridas” is one of the most life-reflecting works of the artist of Mexican nationality Frida Kahlo. Being autobiographical, “Two Fridas” became the result of the artist’s pain and personal tragedy of divorce from Diego Rivera. The picture was managed in 1939 in oil and is being accepted as early Mexican […]

A Time-Travel to the Renaissance Epoch: Behind the Velvet Curtain

A perfect specimen of the Flemish oil painting style with its attention to the tiniest details, the picture under the title The Ambassadors by Hans Holbein the Younger is truly a masterpiece embodying the ideas and world vision of the XVI Century. With a distinct scent of the German, namely, the Augsburg (Bavaria) culture, this […]

Jeff Koons’ Contemporary Artwork

Introduction Jeff Koons is a self-proclaimed distinct artist born in 1955, who is a resident of New York: USA, where majority of his artworks exhibit. The common artwork of the artist include the inflatable balloons toys and the pink panther, beside the life-size ceramic model of the late pop star Michael Jackson holding his favourite […]

The Concept of Time

Art is one of the means used to communicate certain ideas to the audience. During ages, there were many subject explored in the works of art depending on the problems that bother people at the time. However, there are concepts and themes that are considered to be “eternal” for art. In this paper, we are […]

The Effects of Literary, Spiritual and Scientific Concerns on Bodegones and Still Life Paintings during the Spanish Golden Age

Introduction Still paintings and bodegones were very popular during the Spanish golden age. Still paintings and bodegones are artistic works that are at times characterized by inanimate representations. During the Spanish golden era, they were usually portrayed by the arrangement of objects in such anesthetic manner. Unlike those of the rest of Europe that portrayed […]

Nineteenth Century Art and Architecture

Introduction Painting is considered by many as a realm that does speak first to the eye and thereafter captivates every part of the soul. Usually, formal interest is followed in the viewer’s mind as the meaning of the piece of artwork unfolds. Other interests also come in tandem with whatever one attaches to the piece. […]

Graffiti as a Subculture

Graffiti is a form of subculture which conveys the author’s message and applies a code in its application that befits the elements necessary for classification as a subculture. Graffiti can be defined as an example of subculture corresponding to the main criteria of contemporary definitions of subculture. Contemporary theoreticians dispute the origin and meaning of […]

Eastern Influences over Ingres’s “The Grande Odalisque” and Henri Matisse’s “The Woman with a Hat”

This paper intends to discuss the similarities and differences of two different styles of pieces. The first one is Jean-Auguste Dominiques Ingres’s, Grand Odalisque, and the second piece is, Henri Matisse’s, The Woman with a Hat. The discussion will show the emergence of exotic cultures’ influences, similarities and course the painters’ similarities on different eras […]

Analyzing Art Work

Introduction To analyze a piece of art, one needs to have an open mind and an inquisitive nature to do it. This is because whereas some arts are straight forward, others have hidden meanings that need to be critically analyzed so as to understand it. Analyzing a piece of art helps to determine the purpose […]

The Raft of the Medusa versus the Gulf Stream

Introduction Painting artists use different artistic styles and colors to portray the impression of their drawings. The painting of The Raft of the Medusa by Theodore Gericault, a French painter emotionally portrays the survival and hardships experiences of the passengers in a raft, who survived the sinking of the French ship, La Medusa. The Gulf […]

Art work on “Soap Bubbles” by Jean Simeon Chardin

Introduction This painting displays a young man blowing soap bubbles that are drawn from a cup containing liquid soap using a straw. The artist in this piece employs several colors to bring out clearly the elements of design, For instance the tone of this painting is presented by merging white color with a darker color. […]

One Holy Image By Two Great Artists

One of the most important themes in the western art is religion, and one of the most inspiring images for may be each of the greatest artists has been the Virgin Mary. Enormous amount of works of art depict the Virgin, and since with the course of time artistic styles change, these images are revealed […]

Art Appreciation

The artists Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo Buonarroti are famous for their great artistic pieces of work during the renaissance period. This paper will focus on analyzing the different styles of painting in the paintings Mona Lisa and The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci and The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo Buonarroti. Mona Lisa […]