Museum Critique

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Museum Overview
Since the beginning of the semester I looked forward with great anticipation to the ART class’s field trip to the Minneapolis Institute of Art. It had been since the late 1980’s since I had been there. It’s hard to believe that such a magnificent building was right out my back door and I had not frequented it. Driving separately that day I parked in the surface are parking for mia guests. Walking up the sidewalk toward the building one could not help but noticed the magnificent architectural structure of the buildings not to mention the addition I had never seen before that was built around 2006.
There were approximately 10 school busses dropping of various ages of elementary school children. My first initial reaction
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Everyone shows a different express on their face ranging from weeping to disbelief to frustration or vengeance. The young man is lying in his bed within what appears to be his bed chamber, with an enormous blue drapery surrounding the backside of the bed. FORMAL ANALYSIS: Color is put to exceptional use within the painting. The green tinge placed upon the face of Germanicus, the dark blue drapery behind the bed gives the calming effect, while the red of the soldier’s robes give off a sense of frustration. The orange headdress and gown of his white shows her nervousness. While Germanicus himself is dressed in a white linen a sense of restfulness and purity. The background is that of a creams and tans as if the blend so your vision is brought around to the people within the painting. Light play an intricate part with the body of the fallen Germanicus. The light reflects on his while linen on his body as well as the pillow placed underneath of him. The light is also reflecting off the helmets of some of the soldiers as well as the left shoulder of Germanicus’s wife and his nude child next to his mother. Poussin gave the solider in the middle of the painting implied motion, by having his hand appear as if it is raising into the air. There is implied depth to the room itself on the back-left hand side as if the corridor to the bedroom …show more content…
. Poussin used Rome’s past for the forms of his painting, because he had spent most of his life in Rome which greatly influenced his work. Poussin received his very first prominent commission for “The Death of Germanicus” from Cardinal Francesco Barberini in 1626, subsequently this painting shows an arrangement of classical sarcophagi in this period. When painting during this time he dedicated much time to a moral approach on life as he was obsessed with morality, this show in the painting of Germanicus as Germanicus is shown in stoic mental composure while dying in a calming

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