How the world’s most famous paintings were created: Intriguing stories of paintings by great artists
Grigory Landau, a journalist and philosopher, once said this: “Art is a dialogue in which the interlocutor is silent.” Painting is a subtle art, allegorical, emotional, giving freedom in interpretation. This is a whole world of unsolved secrets and unsolved mysteries. Let’s try to open the veil of secrecy over the history of the creation of the most famous paintings of great artists.
In fact, the artist has two versions of this picture. In this version, George defeats the dragon whom the Beautiful Lady holds by the leash. The painting has a deep religious meaning. According to legend, a dragon settled in a lake in a city in Libya. The pagan emperor ordered him to sacrifice beautiful girls. When there were no young women in the city, the emperor sent his own daughter to the dragon. The brave warrior George went to rescue her and overthrew the dragon. The princess here symbolizes the persecuted Christian Church, the dragon – paganism, and George – the Christian faith. There are versions that George, later recognized as a saint, violates not just paganism, but the devil himself, the “ancient serpent”.
“J’aime la couleur” – self-portrait of the artist. Here is how he reveals the meaning of his work: “Color is everywhere. I believe that color is life. Our head must spin in a spiral to understand that everything that surrounds us is nothing but colors. Color is the universe, the universe is life, painting is life. ”
Experts believe that this picture and a series of similar ones in the work of Jerome symbolize “white” snobbery. This is evident from the dynamics of the figures depicted on the canvas. A white woman is an object with a dominant role, while a black woman demonstrates humility.
Jerome Bosch is one of the most mysterious artists in the world. The symbolism of his paintings is so confused that it is simply impossible to find a single explanation for the huge number of symbols depicted on them. The concrete work got its name from the art historians who studied it. The original name has remained unknown. Historians believe that the left panel of the triptych is paradise, the central one is modern sinful human life, and the right side represents hell. But the picture gives rise to much more questions than it gives answers.
This work does not depict a caricature of the vice of dirty gambling. It is rather a calm narrative of what Caravaggio was well aware of. After all, the artist himself spent his life very frivolously and even violently. The plot comes down to a description of the unfolding drama – the drama of deception and lost innocence. An experienced young man was put into circulation by an experienced cheater. The elder looks at him in cards and gives signs to another cheater.
The picture depicts a case from real life. In 1749, in Havana, Brooke Watson, a 14-year-old young man, decided to swim. He was attacked by a shark. The captain of the ship the boy served on is trying to save him by killing a shark with a harpoon. The captain succeeded only in the third attempt. Watson, in this unequal battle, lost his foot. All his life then he walked with a wooden leg. This did not prevent him from becoming mayor of London. At the same time, he met with the artist and told him this story. Which was the inspiration for John Copley.
From childhood, Kandinsky was fascinated by color. The artist believed that he has transcendental properties. Kandinsky wrote his compositions as a composer of a symphony. Each composition reflected the artist’s vision in his own time period. Kandinsky used geometric figures in his works because he believed in their mystical properties. The colors of the figures reflected emotions.
By the age of Goya, deaf, his health as a whole, both physical and psychological, has deteriorated. It is with this that historians associate their writing of a series of 14, as they were called “Dark Paintings.” Which he wrote inside on the walls of his house. “Saturn devouring a son” is one of them. This is a well-known ancient Greek myth about the titan Kronos (later the Romans renamed it Saturn). Kronos was predicted to be overthrown by his own son.
By the age of Goya, deaf, his health as a whole, both physical and psychological, has deteriorated. It is with this that historians associate their writing of a series of 14, as they were called “Dark Paintings.” Which he wrote inside on the walls of his house. “Saturn devouring a son” is one of them. This is a well-known ancient Greek myth about the titan Kronos (later the Romans renamed it Saturn). Kronos was predicted to be overthrown by his own son. And Saturn ate all of his newborn children. Goya Saturn is depicted as a terrible half-crazy old man who eats not an infant, but an adult child. There are many interpretations of the meaning of this canvas. But the most important thing is that the artist did not write it for the public. Perhaps in this way, Goya tried to expel his own demons.