Saturday, November 24, 2012

Most Influential Era of Arts and Design...

Master of the Sophien Cathedral of Ohrid

      I chose the Byzantine and Medieval Art as the most influential era of art and design. First is the Medieval art of the Western world , over 1000 years of art in Europe, and at times the Middle East and North Africa. The Medieval art was produced in many media, and the works that remain in large numbers include sculpture, illuminated manuscripts, stained glass, metalwork and mosaics. Then the Byzantine art is the artistic products of the Eastern Roman, or Byzantine, Empire, as well as the nations and states that inherited culturally from the empire.
Meister der Schule von Nowgorod, Georgische Madonna
      I  chose this as the most influential era of arts and design simply because this paintings or art is born for to remind about Jesus, Saints and Apostles, which where ever church we go we can see this type of art. And we all know that in every corner of the world we can feel Jesus Christ, even thou we have different God in each corner of the world still we can remember him, see him because of all the God's that we are praising we have only ONE GOD. And this art which is Byzantine and Medieval art reminds us of him.

     That's why this is the most influential era of arts and design. Besides this painting are really beautiful. I also wanted to learn on how to create this kind of art. Whenever I see this in the church I feel relaxed and I enjoy watching this. And as you can see all churches have this in their roofs, door, chairs and walls. Just like what I have said Byzantine and Medieval art is born to remind about Jesus Christ.

Isleta, Avon Camile S.
MMA 1-1

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Lisa del Giocondo
Photo: CC BY: Joaquin Martinez
     Who is Mona Lisa? Does she really exist? What is the mystery of her painting? What is the secret behind her smile? 
      Mona Lisa is painted by Leonardo da Vinci. According to my research Mona Lisa comes from the Italian word "Ma donna" which means My Lady. Mona is the short term for ma donna. Therefore the title is Mona Lisa. And "Ma donna" in english means "Madam". So, title simply means Madam Lisa. The real name of the person in the painting is Lisa del Giocondo she was a member of Gherardini family of Florence and Tuscany and she is the wife of wealthy Florentine silk merchant Francesco del Giocondo. It says that this painting is commissioned for their new home and a celebration for their second son and it;s says that the couple never receive the painting because Da Vinci is not satisfied of its outcome. But then that painting become famous with the people with different interpretation in the painting, the manner in which it was painted and because of Da Vinci being unique and having creative mind. 
          People has many different interpretation about Mona Lisa's painting. The interpretation is left up to the viewer as to what the woman is trying to convey. Some says that Mona Lisa's smile is a mysterious semi-smile and her eyes says that she has a secret. Mona Lisa's hands, her right hand resting on her left hand it says Da Vinci chooses this gesture than wedding ring because Mona Lisa is a virtuous woman and also a faithful wife. It also says that the eyes of Mona Lisa's painting has the secret code, In the right eye the letter LV where found which could mean Da Vinci's name and in the left eye symbols where seen which is difficult to understand the letters are : C, E or B. And they also found the figure 72 or an L and a 2 in the background. Researchers from Italy found those secret code by using magnifying glass they also says that by looking on the painting without using anything just your yes cannot see those secret codes.
       Another thought is that it is the feminine version of Da Vinci. Digital analysis has revealed that Da Vinci's facial characteristics and those of the woman in the painting are almost perfectly aligned with one another. There are many mysteries or thoughts in that painting. When you don't know how to investigate a painting you will not notice those mysteries. Another one is one researcher says that the expression of Mona Lisa is changing. And later on she realized whats happening on the painting, and says that our peripheral vision sees blurry images while the central vision sees fine detail. When she made the face blurred with a filter, the Mona Lisa looked as if she's wearing a cheerful smile but homing in on the fine detail gave her a more demure expression. and realized that Da Vinci achieved an unusuall effect the Mona Lisa's smile changes on how you will look at the painting.

Isleta, Avon Camile S.
MMA 1-1
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