Painting Essays

A Critique of the Painting, _the Last Supper_

The Last Supper was a painting by Leonardo da Vinci produced in late 15th century. Leonardo painted the painting on Santa Maria della Grazie convent wall in Milan. The work stayed around 1495 and commissioned as part of a renovation plan to the church and convent buildings by Ludovico Sforza. The painting depicts the scene of the Last Supper Jesus had with his disciples according to John13:21. Leonardo shows the consternation that happened among the 12 disciples when Jesus declared…

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Pablo Picasso’s Life, Works and Contributions to Art

Art allows us to look at the world from a different and unique perspective; all of us interpret artwork differently. It is a great way for people to express feelings, ideas, concepts and ideologies, and for some, it helps us express whatever cannot simply be defined by words. Art gives you freedom to explore things in a different way, and preserve your thoughts on the canvas for everyone else to see. When we look at artwork that portrays a universal…

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Painting Pictures

The year 2007 saw the production and release of several notable films, and one of these is There Will Be Blood, written and directed by Paul Anderson. This movie takes after a novel by Upton Sinclair entitled Oil! (1927), which, as the book’s title suggests, maintains the discovery of oil as a backdrop, and hunger for power as its driving force. Sinclair’s Oil! narrates the story of James Arnold Russ, Jr. or Bunny, whose father is an oil magnate. Using…

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Chinese Painting

Chinese Painting is one of the oldest continuous artistic traditions in the world, it is also known in Chinese as Guohua. Traditional painting involves essentially the same techniques as calligraphy which is done with a brush dipped in black or colored ink. Compared with the western style of painting, oils are not used in Chinese Painting. Chinese paintings were usually painted on paper or silk; Traditional painting can also be done on album sheets, walls, folding screens, and other media….

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Vmfa Museum Paper – Art History

After visiting the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, I will write about four art works. The first one is called Salome Receiving the Head of St. John the Baptist by Andrea Solario. The work is very colorful, and it shows chiaroscuro with the dark background and light on the faces of Salome and John the Baptist. The focal point is on John’s head. This is one of Solario’s most notable works, and the figure style is influenced by Leonardo Da…

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Painting Styles

Neoclassic Art, Impressionist Artworks and Abstract Expressionism are very identifiable by their form, painting style and the era they speak of. All three have some comparisons and some very evident contrasts. The Neoclassic era of art reflected resurgence in the interest of the Greek and Roman Eras. People of this time were interested in seeing woman as more upstanding. They were also going back to a high moral tone, recognizing civic duty and virtue in people and society as a…

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Art Critque – Mona Lisa Overdose

Using the different elements of art, the artist organized the elements to provoke a feeling of puzzlement and surprise to the audience. The Mona Lisa, being a famous painting, was distorted in a way that it projects a different emotion from the original one. Lorenzana presented the distortion of the proportion and scale of the face of the Mona Lisa in order to evoke a feeling of unsettling disbelief with the visuals of the painting. The change of the Mona…

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Comparison of Three (3) Paintings

Theme: The Battle of the Amazons, 1618 by Pieter Pauwel Rubens seems to be of war, violence and the dire need to finish a battle no matter the cost while the Heart of the Andes, 1859 by Frederic Edwin Church seems to be about the vastness and beauty of nature in its balance of contrasts between light and darkness, massiveness and diminutiveness, power and weakness. The Volga Boatmen, 1870-73 painted by Ilya Repin, however, depicts the theme of undesired yet…

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Thy Will Be Done, Chester Arnold

Among all paintings, Chester Arnold’s “Thy Will Be Done” attracts me the most. It gives me a sense of intricate and dreadful feelings. The painting depicts an uneven and muddy construction landscape where construction materials scattered are everywhere. Unfinished constructions may still be seen on the left portion where blocks are scattered and unfinished. However, one will not notice such scattered construction materials because they are overpowered by the images of people in vivid shades of orange, blue, yellow, green…

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The Origin of the World – by Gustave Courbet

This painting is by Guastave Courbet who created it in 1866. The painting has a close up view of a woman lying on a bed. The painting specifically show her belly and the legs are spread. According to the painting, this is a Caucasian woman. Her breasts are developed and she has pubic hair. We can tell by her body size shows that she is a mature woman. The head and arms are covered by something and they are not…

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Langston Hughes and Leonardo Da Vinci

My paper is about Langston Hughes and Leonardo Da Vinci and how they have an effect on their readers and their positive aspects on life. Leonardo Da Vinci was born in 1452 in a town named Vinci in Italy. He was a renaissance painter and he painted realistically, he used light and dark colors in his paintings. In his paintings he painted figures without outlining them. He used a style called “chiaroscuro” and he used light and shadow to give…

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The Flight Into Egypt

The Flight into Egypt is one of the most important works of German painter Adam Elsheimer. This painting shows the Holy Family traveling to Egypt during the night to escape the mutilation of male newborns ordered by Herod. It is popular for its realistic illustration of the constellations, and its unique lighting effects. The painting was done in 1609 during the Baroque period, and was considered as one of Elsheimer’s last creations before he died a year later. The medium…

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Pablo Picasso ‘girl with a Mandolin’ Cubism Movment

In 1907, Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque founded the art movement known as Cubism. This style of painting revolutionised modern abstract art during the 20th century. Pablo Picasso was a Spanish Painter who was born in the 19th Century. His talents were recognised at an early age for his realistic technique. During his adolescence his painting style changed drastically as he experimented with different theories, techniques and ideas. Picasso is best known for the founding of Cubism with Georges Barque….

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Bridges of Amsterdam

Leonid Afremov is a modern impressionist. He uses bright colours and strong strokes but he does not use a brush he uses a pallet knife. He developed his unique style of painting over many years, being influenced by other artists on the way. Afremov says that Marc Chagall was his biggest influence with his earlier work. He has then moved away from surrealism and into impressionism. Leonid was born on the 12th of July 1955 in Vitebsk. He was raised…

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Las Meninas

The aim of this paper is to analyze Diego Velazquez’s painting “Las Meninas”, one of the most impressive and controversial art pieces in history. The content and the message of the painting “Las Meninas” provides much food for thought. On the picture we can see the artist himself as he works at a canvas, but we can’t see what exactly he is painting; he is not alone in the studio. A group of seven is situated in the front part…

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