Fine art images are as diverse as human life itself so it follows that exploration of art images and subjects can lead to many and varied adventures. In this series we will examine landscapes, self-portraits, visual art’s association with music and images of war.
As Far as the Eye Can See — Second only to the human form, the landscape dominates visual art, presenting not only – and not always – a view of land, sea, sky, or city, but also a sense of place. Although we are privileged to look through the eyes of the artist, that vision is not always entirely photogenic or picturesque.
Mirror Image — Since the 15th century, artists painted themselves with the same attention to detail demanded by their patrons. The obvious question is why? For the sake of honing their skills? To fulfill narcissistic desires? As a demonstration of professional status? The answer is all of the above and more.
Consonance/Dissonance — Is there a connection between art and music? Certainly some of the greatest composers are immortalized in portraits, but are there other interconnections between the two art forms? Can visual images inspire music? Do artists express sound in their images?
The Four Horsemen — Art contains so much of human experience, yet while glorious conquests have been commemorated, realistic images of violence and death are often overlooked. Warfare, social unrest, and pestilence are as much a part of visual art as they are part of human history.