Italy pt. 2

DaVinci By the Lake (Garda)
– Master of all, lived in Florence
– Learned science and art are inseparable
– Perspective is new idea of time and art
– In Florence, mankind flourishes
– Paints, concerned for outline. Painted baptism of Christ
– Experimenting with paints led to Leonardo individuality
– Painting uses light, distance to change everything
– Capturing light was one of his goals
– Introduced to machines young age
– Development toward innovative systems
– Equestrian monument to build smaller model
– A dream to cast a Horse
– Adoration of magi, most radical expressive
– Abundance and variety, all in one
– Medici influenced politics, sponsors DaVinci
– Created new styles of Jesus, independent painter
– Leonardo creates something never done before
– Natural, realistic art follows anatomical studies
– Art and math intertwined through history
– Profound artist but never satisfied
– Mona Lisa most famous painting in the world
– Leonardo printed Mona Lisa life spirit
– Flight will make man free
– Painting created with personal touch
– Leonardo = painter, sculptor, engineer, architect, scientist, musician
– Striving for perfection makes a Leonardo

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Italy

Today I decided to write to Vincent Van Gogh:
Did you ever cry so hard that it felt like you were crying tears of blood? Did you ever get so frustrated that you wanted to pull every strand of hair out? Today I feel like you. I am lost and completely alone. I am angry, hurt, and confused. All I ever wanted was to be a good person and to find my place in this world. But it seems like every time I take a step forward, I end up taking a few steps backwards. Was this why you decided to end your life? Today I was at the hospital for hours and not one person came to help me. I wandered around and cried tremendous amount of tears while people just stared at me. All I want is for someone to show me where I need to go and for someone to heal my wound. I am tired, so tired. I want to go home. Just like you, I want to go home.

Netherlands

Today Hans took us to The Kroller-Muller Museum. While we were there, I developed an interest in Charley Toroop. Her artworks are solely based on portraits of women. One particular artwork that I absolutely loved was her portrait of Medusa. She painted the scene of Medusa when she was beheaded. Many Greek mythologies explained that the moment she was beheaded was a moment of a peaceful rebirth. Medusa is known as the archetype of the angry mother. Her story is that she was the most beautiful goddess there was and she was also the only mortal. Unfortunately her beauty and power held a price. It was said that Medusa and her sisters served as priestesses to Athena, the Virgin goddess of wisdom, but Poseidon, the sea God, forced himself on Medusa inside of Athena’s temple and impregnated her. Medusa tried to plea her innocence, but to no avail Athena punished her by turning her into the monster that she is known for today. It was then that Medusa grew spiteful about men. Her bitterness and resentment isolated her from others and anyone who dared to look at her were petrified and turned into stone. This Greek mythology intrigues me because of my own personal experience, as well as my cultural upbringing. This makes me really question society about the fairness between two genders. Times clearly have changed, and I hope it keeps improving. I’m also wondering if this was how Charley Toroop felt when she painted this portrait. Was she also upset about the unfairness between men and women? Not to also mention that men were rarely featured in her artwork. The symbols in her paintings gives off the message that she was a proud feminist, which I am too.

France pt. 2

Yesterday we made use of our two-day museum passes. I went to Musee du Louvre and it was the first time in my life that I analyzed a religious artwork so closely. We were assigned to pick an artwork or an experience that stood out to us. Later we would share it with the rest of the class. I chose an oil on panel work by Antoon Van Dyck. His painting was called “Sébastien rescued by Angels.” This artwork drew me in because of how full of suffering Sebastian was. I immediately thought of the concept of opposites: lightness and darkness. The angel besides him represented light, while the arrows pierced through him represented darkness. I wrote on my reflection for class that “the symbols in the painting were about overcoming bad situations. The arrows were the battles that he went through that could very well possibly be with himself, but what he didn’t realize was the angel was trying to free him from suffering.” In life, humans focus most of their energy on the negative things rather than on the positive things, but what we must understand is that without one there wouldn’t be the other.

“There is light at the end of the tunnel.” – Unknown