The painting's content, presentation, and emotional force secure its status as a groundbreaking, archetypal image of the horrors of war. Although it draws on many sources from both high and popular art, The Third of May 1808 marks a clear break from convention. Diverging from the traditions of Christian art and traditional depictions of war, it has no distinct precedent, and is acknowledged as one of the first paintings of the modern era.According to the art historian Kenneth Clark, The Third of May 1808 is "the first great picture which can be called revolutionary in every sense of the word, in style, in subject, and in intention".
Revolutions in the Arts
REVOLUTION IN THE ARTS
a unit in four sections
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What does the music make you think of?
What feelings does it inspire?
Romanticism (early 1800s)
• Focus on nature, feelings, nationalism
• Simpler, better times, hearts & souls
• Wordsworth, Beethoven
Realism (mid 1800s)
• Grim reality of life, protest conditions
• Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
• Camera invented
Impressionism (late 1800s)
• Reaction against realism
• Light and colors to capture a moment
• Tries to set a mood, more imaginary