I’ve been lucky enough to see some striking artworks in my time, some by renowned artists. Here are a few snaps of these artworks containing a small description about each!
I traveled throughout Europe in 2014, stopping by numerous galleries and museums despite my busy schedule. In saying this, The Uffizi Gallery in Florence was by far a favourite, home to Michelangelo’s statue of David. This intricately sculpted piece is striking upon first glance, capturing the viewer’s attention as soon as one enters the museum. It is larger than I initially thought, standing tall and overlooking visitors that flow in and out of this historic museum in Florence.
David was created during the Renaissance period between 1501 and 1504. It is 14.0 ft and comprises of marble depicting the biblical hero David. It is one of Michelangelo’s greatest works.
David and Goliath is told in Book 1 Samuel, where Saul and the Israelites face the Philistines near the Valley of Elah. Twice a day for 40 days, Goliath, the champion of the Philistines pressures the Israelites to send out a champion of their own in single combat, in which the young shepherd David accepts. Saul reluctantly agrees and offers his armor but David declines, taking only his sling and five stones from a brook. David and Goliath confront each other, Goliath with his armor and shield, David armed only with his rock, his sling, his faith in God and his courage. As David hurls a stone from his sling, he hits Goliath in the center of his forehead: Goliath falls on his face to the ground, and David then cuts off his head.
References: “Michelangelo’s David: Admire World’s Greatest Sculpture At Accademia Gallery”. Accademia.org. N.p., 2016. Web. 8 Nov. 2016.
Whilst I was in Pisa I also visited the Andy Warhol exhibition, which of course offered a selection of reputable art works that are still admired today. His Campbell’s Soup tin series is one of his most popular and recognized works, appearing throughout contemporary pop culture. Andy Warhol was the Pop Art king, who revolutionized the ways in which art is seen and produced. He focused on this idea of consumerism, mass production and the need to continuously feed our inner-narcissist. The Soup Can collection was produced in 1962.
Another extremely popular art work by Andy Warhol, featuring silk prints of Marilyn Monroe.
I visited Sydney in 2012 to attend the Pablo Picasso exhibition at The Art Gallery of NSW. The art works came all the way from the Musée National Picasso, Paris. It was an honor to stand before a Picasso piece that in itself possesses a dynamism that is evident from the get-go. This painting is named Nude and Still Life and was painted by Picasso in 1931. In this striking piece, he brings colour as well as his classic geometric features in a new, bolder style that developed toward the end of his artistic career. The panting conveys Picasso’s revolutionary abstract and cubist concepts that encompass his career. He uses symbols, shapes and distinguishable objects so the viewer can form their own unique interpretation. The colour used in this painting is one of the many reasons why it is a personal favourite.