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Art, comparison

March 21, 2016 | Author: | Posted in art, music studies

1 Eduardo Manet , Luncheon On the Grass (1863 ) and Marcantonio Raimondi The Judgment of Paris (1510

Manet ‘s oil painting , Luncheon on the Grass (1863 , depicts three characters in the foreground : a female nude looking at the viewer , a man in city clothes with a flat hat lounging to her right with a lute , and slightly behind the two is another man in city clothes sitting upright who seem to be sharing a lunch while another partially clad woman bathes in a pond in the background . Marcantonio ‘s engraving , The Judgment of [banner_entry_middle]

Paris (c .1510 ) depicts grand mythological scene telling of a competition in which one of the goddesses was chosen as the most beautiful of Mount Olympus and awarded a golden apple by Paris , the herdsman . The gods and goddesses (all nude or mostly nude ) are identified by their traditional iconography for example , Aphrodite (the winner ) is identified by Eros on her leg , Hera by the Peacock . Paris is identified by his crook and the dog sitting nearby him

These two paintings , seemingly worlds apart as far as subject matter is concerned , have a very distinct tie . The nude demigods in the right bottom corner of Marcantonio ‘s piece are in almost the exact same positions as the three subjects in Manet ‘s painting . Both works emphasize female nudes , however the nude nymph /demigod that corresponds to the female nude in the Manet painting is almost androgenous compared to the beauty of the goddesses on the left of the engraving . Although the nude in Manet ‘s painting is clearly a woman , she is not portrayed particularly flatteringly , but made to look pasty in the bright , almost photographic light . Another striking difference between the two triangle arrangements of characters is that the female nude in Manet ‘s looks out directly at the viewer as if to say she does not care if you see her naked . The man in the rear also looks out toward the viewer seeming to be ignoring the man on the left who is talking to him , and both men seem uninterested in the nude women . The corresponding figures in Marcantonio ‘s work are looking in all different directions because the deities are active all around , and of the three are looking toward the viewer (who would be far less interesting than the deities Furthermore , the purpose of these demigods in Marcantonio ‘s engraving seems to be nothing more than to frame the lovely goddesses in the center because there is another triangle of demigods on the left also looking around . Manet might be indicating that the main story is not in this frame , but elsewhere , like in Marcantonio ‘s engraving

Manet may be calling on Marcantonio ‘s engraving , not to add grandness to his own conception , but to show the irony of these commoners , dressed in clothes that could be considered those of the dandies , or low class men trying to appear to be a higher class . Perhaps Manet chose to allude to this… [banner_entry_footer]

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