Week 2 Discussion
Frans Hals, The Women Regents of the Old Men's Home at Haarlem, c. 1664
It seems to me that Frans Hals was just like that - with an obvious, huge gift, with the lightness of an envious hand, with a true eye, but at the same time simple-minded and immediately understandable (Fred , 2017). One can’t write long about his portraits, even if he is a genius or something like that, but it comes out only briefly. I want to bring one wonderful detail - a thinned, senile hand, covered with wrinkles, again just a few free strokes, and the character of the thinned old fingers is immediately clear
Rembrandt van Rijn, The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Tulp, 1632
The painting "Anatomy Lesson ..." is a general portrait of the Amsterdam Surgeon Guild. Once a year, the Guild held a solemn event (admission by ticket, guests are entitled to wine and snacks) - a public anatomy lesson, accompanied by a lecture by the head of the guild. Such were the morals, such entertainments. Why Rembrandt did everything more beautiful and neat - is understandable. It is not clear what happened to the anatomized hands: the right one is very short (look at your hand - the elbow should be approximately at the waist level), and the left one is much longer than the right one.
Johannes Vermeer, Woman Holding a Balance, c. 1664
"The woman will have powers that will impress the man. It can handle many problems and withstand heavy loads. It will withstand joy, love and opinions. She will smile when she feels the need to scream. She will sing when she feels the need to cry. She will cry when she is happy and will laugh when she is scared. He will fight for what he believes. It will resist injustice. He will not accept "no" in response when he can see a better solution. She will do her best for her family to triumph. (Parks,2015). She will take her girlfriend or her boyfriend along to the doctor when she is scared. Her love will be unconditional. She will cry when her children succeed. She'll be happy when her friends make it.
Fred P. Kleiner. (2017). Gardner’s Art Through the Ages: The Western Perspective, Volume II
(15th ed). Cengage. ISBN: 9781305645059
Parks, J. A. (2015). Universal Principles of Art : 100 Key Concepts for Understanding,
Analyzing, and Practicing Art. Beverly, MA: Rockport Publishers. Retrieved from https://search-ebscohost-com.southuniversity.libproxy.edmc.edu/login.aspx?direct=true&db=nlebk&AN=958740&site=eds-live
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