Comparison of two paintings Essay

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Comparison of two paintings Paintings have been used to represent people since the beginning of the human race.
Through time due to advancements in material and painting techniques combined with the ever-increasing talent of the artists, paintings representing people have become very lifelike and are extremely realistic. Some painted portraits have as much detail as modern photographs. However, there are also paintings of people that are representational in which the artist is trying to convey a message. This paper discusses the two types through the comparison of two paintings, Abaporu and Portrait of a Lady.

The painting are from two different time periods. Abaporu dates from 1928. The name of the artist is Tarsila do
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The long extremities seem to place the head far from the soil. Nevertheless since the head is connected to the neck, the neck to the torso, the torso to the extremities and the extremities to the soil the head is also connected to the soil. The connection between the head and the soil signifies that mankind is dependant on earth for sustenance regardless of how high his head is above the earth. The representation on this painting is the connection between man king and earth. This connection was more obvious during the days of Amaral and in the socioeconomic environment of Brazil. Especially since Brazil is an agricultural country.

The other painting, Portrait of a Lady, is a realistic work of art. The author tries to imitate the subject as close as possible on the board. The use of warm and happy colors is also generous. According to the Clark Art Institute the painting represents and approach to portraiture that was new in the late fifteen century. The scholars believe that the subject was the wife of a Florentine merchant, Giovanna Albizzi. Also according to Clark, the orange blossom in her hand, a traditional adornment of brides, suggests the painting was a marriage portrait. The portrait features a serene background landscape that provides a lot of detail, adding depth to the painting. Behind the subject on the landscape the use of a vanishing point along with atmospheric perspective. The

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