A Paintings` Comparison Analysis


APaintings’ Comparison Analysis

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APaintings’ Comparison Analysis

TheGetty Center is the campus institution for the Getty Museum. TheCenter showcases and displays artwork from the permanent collectionas well as loan exhibition are on view throughout the Museum’s fivepavilions. Biagio d’Antonio did the painting of TheStory of Josephin 1485.1Antonio drew the principles of the painting from the Old Testamentbecause it captured the life sequence of Joseph from a young ageuntil he became a prominent official in Egypt. The artist includesthe inscription in order for observers to identify the maincharacters in the painting. Its measurements are 26 ¼ x 58 ¾inches in length and width respectively. Raffaello Sanzio did thePortrait of a YoungMan in Redfrom 1483 to 1520. It was made from oil on panel and measurementsinclude 67.3 x 52.7 cm.2It is a painting that depicts the Italian culture during the 13thand14thcentury. This paper will conduct a compare and contrast analysis oftwo mentioned paintings.

FromAntonio’s painting, it is clear that the subject of his paintingwas derived from a series of continuous narratives depicting the lifeof Joseph. On the left-hand side, Jacob is seated on a superior chairsending Joseph to his half-brothers who are busy tending the sheep inthe fields. In the upper far left side of the painting, his brothersstrip Joseph of his favorite jacket because they are jealous of theirfather’s love towards him. They throw him in a pit as theycontemplate what to do with him. As time passes by, merchants headedfor Egypt present a lucrative deal to the brothers who trade Josephinto servitude for twenty bits of silver. At the background on theright section of the painting, the brothers show their father theblood smeared coat as proof that Joseph is dead. Jacob mourns theloss of his son. The painting utilizes bright colors, which gives itthe exquisite imagery of all the characters in the painting. Thecontrast of bright light colors such as red, light yellow, green,brown and brushes of cream color lightens the painting such that froma distance, an observer is able to trace most of the characters. Thepainting has an amazing texture, which has made it withstand the‘Wear and Tear’ factor for centuries. The Portraitof a Young Man in Red depictsan unidentified, calm and collected young man wearing medievalEuropean clothing that symbolizes French or Italian designs.3 The painting is an exquisite masterpiece that brings out the essenceof elegance and artistry using oil paint of different colors thatblend well together. In addition, the background of the paintinghelps observers to focus on the portrait of the young man. Theconcentration of black and red colors allows the painting to oozewith professionalism, as observers are able to relate with theportrait.4Therefore, comparing both paintings, it is evident that both usebright colors to liven the paintings.

Nevertheless,there is a foremost dissimilarity between the two paintings. Forinstance, The Portraitof a Young Man in Red usesthe idealistic painting style because Sanzio wanted to eliminate theimperfection brought about by nature to produce a perfect artmasterpiece. For him to achieve this perfection he drew the presenceof nature in the background of the painting. In reference torealistic painting style, Antonio represents the life of Joseph froma truthful perspective without altering any single detail from hispainting. The use of realistic style complements Antonio’s artistryskills because it allows him to capture the entire life of Josephwithin a rectangular frame. TheStory of Joseph bringsout all the major events in Joseph’s life from a visual perspectivewithout the need of reading the Old Testament Book of Genesis.Through this painting, Antonio attempts to educate the observer onthe process Joseph went through to be where he was at the old age.Through his painting, Antonio aims to sensitize people of whatactually took place in Israel and Egypt during the Old Testamenttimes because most people have a distorted understanding of the lifeof Joseph. Additionally, I get to know that Antonio is an avid readerof the Old Testament because he captures the entire life process ofJoseph in a single painting frame without misplacing any relevantinformation in its accurate context. TheStory of Joseph hasencapsulated different episodes of Joseph’s life, which makesAntonio an exceptional painter because every single detail includingthe names of all the brothers is indicated with utmost precision andaccuracy. The Portraitof a Young Man in Red bySanzio resonates with audiences that appreciate the beauty ofportraits and individualistically oriented paintings such as TheMona Lisaas an example. To the best of my interpretation skills, I think thatSanzio attempted to personify the subject of the painting as anelegant young man possibly an artist based on the kind of hat he iswearing.5Since the painting is known to be a replica of artist’s image,Sanzio perceives himself as a good-looking painter who is consciousof his appearance as well as demeanor.

Thecultural context of TheStory of Joseph paintingdepicts a time when civilization was only perceived as a myth orscience fiction because people at the time were accustomed to a lifeof hardships. For instance, people were sold into slavery whileothers were unfairly treated simply because of their religion orethnicity. The Old Testament times influenced this particularpainting because Antonio had to integrate the images of donkeys,camels, horses and dhows as modes of transport on land and searespectively. Based on the clothing attire, the people were veryconservative since women did not expose much skin in public exceptwithin the confines of their bedroom. Moreover, Christianity highlyinfluenced the artistry of the painting because there were no obscenedepictions made by the painter. The Portraitof a Young Man in Red showsa cultural context of modernization because the painting shows theimage of a professionally groomed artist who is self-aware andconscious of his code of dressing. In addition, there is precisionand accuracy in the painting that helps me understand thesignificance of the painting in regards to its cultural context,which is the emergence of civilization. The fabric of the clothing inthe portrait is unique symbolizing splendor and magnificence more orless like royalty.6In addition, the portrait shows the emergence of a sense of fashionbecause the clothes worn by the subject in the painting shows thepossibility of a society that is fashion-oriented. I chose the GettyMuseum because it is rich in historic and cultural artwork mainlyfrom North America and Europe during the medieval times. I decidedto choose the paintings of Antonio and Sanzio because I wasinterested in the significance of both artworks in regards to thetimes they were each painted. I was particularly interested in TheStory of Joseph paintingbecause it resonates with everybody since it’s a biblical storyfilled with spiritual principles and values. This painting constantlyreminds me of all the Bible stories my mother used to read to mebefore bedtime concerning the Children of Israel. In addition, itsignifies the importance of implementing Christian beliefs in ourday-to-day lives7.

Inconclusion, theStory of Joseph andthe Portraitof a Young Man in Redare some of the paintings that make the Getty Center worth the visitbecause it reminds me of the prominence of obligating theexquisiteness of art because within it lays historic, cultural andreligious concepts that very few people can understand.


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77. Ibid.