A View Of Eighteen Or Same-Side Columns By Giovanni Battista Piranesi

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A View of Eighteen or So Side Columns

“A View of Eighteen Side Columns” by Giovanni Battista Piranesi a beautiful piece of art designed to be printed and bought by patrons. Its visual depiction of what can initially be associated with Roman architecture after the fall of its empire is what initially captivates the viewer into looking deeper. The painting communicates using the placement of seemingly foreign figures amongst ruins to signify the survival of life and human civilizations even after the destruction and fall of a great empire such as Rome. The author uses the placement of the figures and architecture to draw the viewer 's eyes from the wreckage to the figures, drawing your attention from the top left corner in a diagonal
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Storytelling is a common attribute that artists strive to achieve through their work, it is fairly safe to assume this attribute is present when viewing this painting by Giovanni due to the fact that there is a lengthy caption at the bottom of his work. Even though the caption is written in what appears to be Italian, because of this his work can be closely associated with Asian ink paintings due to their inclusion of stories with each work. The sky in Giovanni’s painting can also be related the skies of Chinese ink paintings since they both utilize blank space to heighten the viewer 's experience. The blank space allows the viewer to fill it with their own imagination heightening the relationship between the …show more content…
Their apparel give the impression that they are similar to western cowboys, but this painting was created long before cowboys were even established so it is more likely they are local cattle farmers. There are a few of the figures scattered around the pillars while the rest are in the space in between each building, in the foreground of the piece. They’re all looking either; ahead to the barren space that lies ahead of them, or around at the rubble and ruins that surround them. The intermingling of the figures throughout the architectural ruins symbolises the survival and thriving of humanity even in the midst of what might seem like the loss of humanity 's most advanced civilization. The figures appear incredibly small in comparison to the rest of the architecture and seem to almost blend with the background and the rest of the painting. The level of detail allotted to the figures and the architecture appear to be the same even though the scale differs between the two. Through these visual attributes the overall mood of the composition emanates a sense of reflectiveness, and while the characters are have no visual relevance to the architecture their arrangement heightens the sense of reflectiveness. When the viewer takes a step back from the work the finer details and the figures seem to meld

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