re the wishlist thread-
i thought this might be a somewhat useful point.
post an image/link to an image
something from the history of art that you find
-an image/drawing/photo/buliding/dance/painting/graphic/sculpture that you find fascinating
-far ahead of its time
-in excellence of quailty technical or emmotive
-or just one of your favorite images from earlier stages of art
-a combonation of any and all of these, just tell us why you posted it
include medium, period, date(s), artist, and your own comments
this is the one image that in all stages of my life i have loved and found to be inspriational:
temprea on canvas
commisened by a member of the powerful medici family.
this images represents venus rising from the sea, also a symbol of mystery through which the divine message of beauty came into the world. the rennaissance was an era when many artists were commisioned to look back to the glory days of rome and pay homage to the myths of the greeks and romans.
even though the painting has its realistic imperfections, such as the unnatural lenght of the body of venus, the angle of her shoulders and the akward way her left arm is shown, this is overpassed by the sheer beauty she portarys. her features are truely harmonious.
being i like the naked figure, this painting is held dear to me. the incorperation of her into a scene around her is archaic in some ways (since it is reverting to illustrations of a myth, done before) but also forward thinking (for an age where the female form was portrayed lounging, or naked in a inside setting where the background was not important, as in many portraits)
the gesture of venus relays calmness and beauty. her look is serene and yet wistful. so much is brought to mind by just the simple hand on her chest and the flow of her hair in the wind.
just wanted to add:
in the photography and film area-
"true perverts are born, not made"
the first is in her "film stills" era, the second more recent, as seen at moma
her growth to
*sorry to anyone with a slow connection for this thread
[ 10 December 2002: Message edited by: wanderlust ]