Saturday, 17 March 2012

The National Gallery

"The Coronation of the Virgin", Bernardo Daddi, 1345
I think the positioning of the two characters in this is really interesting and in the same way that the representation of Klimts 'The Kiss' the patterns in the background are quite well defined and would look effective in a photograph.

"The Arnolfini Portrait", Jan Van Eyck, 1434
I think this would be a really tricky one to replicate perfectly but I think it would look fantastic in a modern day context as it is such a famous and interesting painting. I always believed that in this picture Arnolfini's Wife is pregnant but she is infact lifting her dress in a way which was fashionable at the time. However I think as a photograph this would not be as effective as the painting as the reflection of Arnolfini and his wife would also show the camera and photographer which would not be desireable!

"The Annunciation", Fra Filippo Lippi, 1453
I am really interested in renaissance art and I find 'The Annunciation' particulalry fascinating as I have seen Fra Angelico's 'Annunciation' in San Marco, Florence (1455) which is later than this version. I think the composition of renaissance art is really interesting and I love how they use opposite colours on the reflections of the characters, which I think is really important especially as art was a lot more mathematical in these times, even using the same character but reflected and in the opposite colours in some works, for example 'The Madonna el Parto', Piero della Francesca, 1457.

"The Seven Saints", Fra Filippo Lippi, 1453

"Saint Jerome in His Study", Anontello da Messina, 1475

"The Virgin in Prayer", Sassoferrato, 1650

I think this could be really beautiful if the lighting was handled well and the costume although fairly simple could be looked at in detail in regard to the folds in the fabric.

"An Old Man Holding a Pilgrim-Bottle", Unknown Artist, 1650

"The Four Times of Day, Midday", Nicholas Lancret, 1741
I think this would work fabulously in a modern setting, the colours could still be applied but I think a similar setting could be really tricky to find, but it is a beatuiful and delicate painting.

"La Chocolatier, A Lady Pouring Chocolate", Jean-Etienne Liotard, 1744
This would be fabulous to replicate as accurately as possible. Despite the angle of the table which is slightly weird angle. The fabric is represented really beatifully and it would be a good challenge trying to get the fabric to fall in the same way as this, inclusing the creases in the skirt.

"An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump", Joseph Wright 'of Derby', 1768

I think this is such an atmospheric painting, a lot of the work could be done with lighting and the costumes left to interpretation as they are not particularly clear. I just love the composition.

"Mrs Siddons", Thomas Gainsborough, 1788

"Corner of a Cafe-Concert", Edouard Manet, 1880

"Bathers at Asnieres", Georges Seurat, 1884

"Beach Scene", Hilaire-Germaine-Edgar Degas, 1870

"The Beach at Trouville", Claude-Oscar Monet, 1870

"The Two Friends" Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1894

"Mother by a Cradle", Vincent van Gogh, 1887

"Dona Isabel de Porcel", Francisco de Goya, 1805

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