Art Appreciation I: The Louvre Exhibit


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Art Appreciation I: The Louvre Exhibit

  1. 1. Art Appreciation I: An Exhibition from The Louvre Artistic Expression, For the Sake of Glory
  2. 2. Note to the Viewer: <ul><li>Much of the precise detailing and beauty of these works of art are lost on the following slides due to jpeg pixel issues when transfering the photos. Please visit to see the photos in there intended form and utilize the magnification feature on each of the five pieces. Thank you. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Ferdinand VII Taking the Oath as Prince of Asturias by Luis Paret y Alcazar
  4. 4. Ferdinand VII Taking the Oath as Prince of Asturias <ul><li>This drawing was eventually turned into a painting commissioned by King Charles IV to commemorate his son taking an oath that would one day place him as the King of Spain. The artist often made drawings for etchers and this can be seen in the extreme detailing of the drawing. The drawing is perfect in spatial proportions. Paret uses the visual element of relative size to create space within the drawing. The fine, contour lines create a realism in the drawing that allows the viewer to feel as if they are looking down on the real moment that the oath was sworn. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Chancellor Séguier at the Entry of Louis XIV into Paris in 1660 By Charles Le Brun
  6. 6. Chancellor Séguier at the Entry of Louis XIV into Paris in 1660 <ul><li>Pierre Seguier was the number two administrator of his time, a great scholar, and one of the most publicly celebrated men in France during his life. This painting was created to honor him and the viewer can see how he is glorified, placed high above his six pages on horseback. The artist created great harmony in this painting by using symmetrical balance. Each of the pages are spaced evenly around the Chancellor, who is directly centered. Le Brun created even more emphasis on the Chancellor, making him the focal point, by intensifying the colors surrounding him. The horse his white and adorned in rich gold and reds. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Portrait of François I, king of France (1494-1547) By Jean Clouet
  8. 8. Portrait of François I, king of France (1494-1547) <ul><li>The royalty of the subject of the painting is depicted by Clouet through the noble expression and forward placement of the subjects body. This positioning gives him a regal air. The coloring of the painting is also notable as the soft lighting over the rich reds and gold also lend to the viewer getting the sense that the subject is considered to be of high stature. This painting falls under the category of realism, with its fine details and lack of distortion. If the viewer focuses on the hands of the king, the detailed shading and beautiful contour lines are notable. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Monument of the Heart of Henry II by Germain Pilon and Domenico del Barbiere
  10. 10. Monument of the Heart of Henry II <ul><li>This scuplture was commissioned by the wife of Henry II, after his death to glorify his life. The artists created a sense of movement in the way that the fabric around the bodies of the three woman is carved in diagonal lines at certain points. This is what we call illusion of motion because the three woman are supposed to look as though they are currently performing a circular dance. This piece has a smooth and graceful rhythm. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Henry IV of France as a Child By François-Joseph Bosio
  12. 12. Henry IV of France as a Child <ul><li>This was praised and recreated in many different materials throughout the 19 th century. To understand the significance of the piece, we must understand a bit of the history. Henry IV was thought to have created what was still the dynasty of France, so his image was still very powerful to the French. Bosio cast this particular figure in silver, giving the piece actual mass that may have thought to be worthy of a king. The choice to portray the king, with realism, as a child has great meaning. The viewer is in awe over the dual ideas of the pure innocence of a child and the knowledge of the little boys great destiny from birth. The facial expression chosen by the artist, which is calm yet strong, also portrays this iconography. </li></ul>
  13. 13. The Exhibit <ul><li>Each piece present in this exhibit was chosen for its ability to portray the need for glory through art. This is a concept that has remained constant throughout time and utilizes many different art forms; from sculpture to painting. The majority of the pieces were created to immortilze or glorify French kings and nobleman but one Spanish piece is included to represent how glory and art have gone hand in hand, not only throughout time but across continents. </li></ul><ul><li>The works of art are arranged purposefully, starting with the coronation of a young prince who will one day be king. Next we look at two pieces that were commissioned to praise the accomplishments of living members of the royal court. The fourth piece was built to glorify the reign of a king passed and finally we think about how art often travels back in time to remember the kings of the past. This theme is meant to have the viewer think deeply about the role that art plays in our ability to look at history and in what ways the artists that were either commissioned or not changed the way the public views important historical figures. Each piece has different content and design elements which are notable but they all point our thoughts in the same direction. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Credits <ul><li>All works of art were pulled from The Louvre website: </li></ul><ul><li>Powerpoint by: Kelly Best </li></ul><ul><li>For: Art Appreciation I, National-Louis University </li></ul>