Analysis Of The Painting Course Of Empire Destruction By Thomas Cole

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Destruction is a form of tragedy that may come in many forms. When people hear the word destruction they may think of their own personal experience of destruction. That may range from a house being torn apart by a tornado to a loss of a family member. The effects of destruction are tremendous, and could affect one to thousands of people at a time. In the painting Course of Empire Destruction, by Thomas Cole in 1836. There’s a vast tragedy being painted. The pain and devastation effect the Vandals’ attack on Rome in 455. Which affected thousands of people. Cole used many techniques to show the enemy warriors taking over the town. Cole use of color and symbols reflect the destruction of the town.
In the painting, Cole uses many colors and symbols to illustrate the effect of the attack. A old sandy color bridge is cast upon the middle of the painting, which is crumbling apart and crashing into the water. The water in this painting is dark blue and white showing the choppiness of the water. In the middle of the painting is a white statue with its head broken off, but still standing holding a black shield leaning forward towards the center of the painting. In the background you see gray and black smoke covering the landscape. While the river banks are roaring with fire. The gray skies linger over the town with a dark depressing tone. In the lower center of the painting is a woman dressed in white jumping to off the river bank. In the lower portion of the painting you see…

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