Essay on Painting Analysis

1044 Words Nov 17th, 2011 5 Pages
“Garden of Love”

Peter Paul Rubens’ “Garden of Love”, encompasses and captures the Baroque ideal of richness and lavishness. The viewer will observe a fusion of the realistic tradition of Flemish painting with the imagination and freedom of Italian renaissance painting. The painting expresses Neoplatonic views while also providing the viewer with endless topics for discussion and analysis, making it a true conversation piece. The “Garden of Love” depicts a scene of passionate festivities. In the painting, a group of aristocratic lovers decorated in the most extravagant of satins and lace are placed in a garden dedicated to Venus. The elegant gentlemen and women seem to be full of life and spirit. It is a radiant summer day, and
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There are multiple focal points; multiple focal points are vital to a complex painting such as this. This painting truly captures a dramatic, dynamic and free perspective. The technique used by Rubens was described in “The Art of Diplomacy” as, “His mastery of composition is used in an unrivaled manner leading our eye through the painting as a director might lead the camera through a gathered set.” (Lamster) “Benefaction of the arts on a copious and worldwide scale had been a noble privilege since the time of Francis I.” (Fleming) Rubens was among the most celebrated of these privileged artists. “Rubens had studied the works of Titian and Tintoretto in Venice, as well as those of Michelangelo and Raphael in Rome. He is most famous for never lacking aristocratic favor.” (Fleming) In, “The Art of Diplomacy” Rubens is remembered, “Today, Peter Paul Rubens is best remembered as the Old Master with a penchant for fleshy, pink nudes and baroque grandiosity.” (Lamster) During the Baroque time period, The Catholic Counter-Reformation developed in response to the Protestant Reformation. The Council of Trent (1545-1563) enlisted art as an emotional expression of religious devotion, clearly expressed in this work through Venus and Cupid. Rulers emphasized wealth and court splendor. Neoplatonic ideology was still a vibrant part of society. As expressed in “The Art of Diplomacy,” “Rubens had been known to show Neoplatonic

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