Formal Analysis Of Rachel De Ruvigny

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Register to read the introduction… This technique helps in indicating what is forward and located closest to the viewers and what is located further and away as a three-dimensional effect (see fig. 5). Anthony van Dyck had used aerial perspective in this painting and the illusion of depth has been created by the change of colour and tone. There is an obvious use of geometric shape of a circle on the sphere to form its whole shape and having organic shapes for the whole figure of the countess and especially the clouds in the background and foreground. The artist has also managed to develop the texture in this painting. He mainly used light and rough brushstrokes instead of thick layers of paint like impasto. Gentle and small brushstrokes build up the figure of Rachel de Ruvigny, from her hair to her gown. These brushstrokes do not appear loose or quick. The shine and …show more content…
Fragilitas humana, which directly means human frailty, is symbolized by how she is located up high in the clouds and is illuminated by the sun. The human skull that rests under her foot symbolizes memento mori, which is Latin for ‘Remember Death.’ It is basically a reminder of mortality. The way that she is posed resembles a triumphant and competent woman. Even though Rachel de Ruvigny has been painted in the guise of fortune, Rachel was not considered to bring wealth on her marriage to her husband, Thomas …show more content…
It is certain that the painting shows the characteristics of Rachel de Ruvigny and what her husband, patron of this painting, would have wanted to show. Van Dyck has also used several techniques in order to pursue his goal from the composition of the elements to appear aesthetic to the allegory behind the elements of the painting. It has also come to the consideration of mine that the scholars do generally argue only on this matter of primacy, which has been discussed carefully in the preceding section. It does make one wonder whether the primacy of art still matter significantly in the contemporary

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