Vatican Angel – Watercolour

Vatican Angel - Watercolour on Paper
Vatican Angel – Watercolour on Paper

This is a painting that I done in watercolour in March, I created this using a photograph that I previously took, as a reference to work from.

The original statue is to be found on the Ponte Vittorio Emanuele bridge in Rome, leading one into the Vatican city, I’ve tried researching who designed the sculpture and who made it but without many results¹. The bridge itself was constructed to the designs of Ennio de Rossi.

Overall this painting is an interpretation of the battle between dark and light, good and evil, I have attempted to describe this battle in a few different ways within the piece.

To begin with is the obvious, a silhouetted angel figure, a figure that is instantly associated with light and love, is a dark black silhouette, no light emanating from the angel whatsoever, but it is illuminated by the lighter background behind it, almost as though it is being pushed forward by the light, and away from the light.

Upon further examination of the light behind the angel, it becomes evident that it is actually a storm cloud, battling it out with the much lighter and more welcoming pristine blue sky, whether the cloud is building up, ready to engulf the world of light or whether it is dissipating is open to the interpretation of the viewer.

That brings us back to the angel itself, so at first a vision of darkness, it’s now questionable whether the angel is fighting off the darkness that’s surrounding it and seemingly fighting a losing battle; being consumed by the darkness from within and becoming another fallen angel; or is the angel sacrificing itself, consuming the darkness to bring the light to the world?

JG

 

 

¹If anyone reading this knows who the artist was that designed and sculpted these statues I am dying to know so I would be thrilled if you could enlighten me, I’m pretty certain that they’re not works of Bernini, although there’s tons of his designs dotted around the entire city; both Rome and the Vatican.

Caravaggio & Normanno – David and Goliath

I’ve recently been piled under course work for my Art course that I’m studying at the moment and therefore have had trouble finding the time to write a new post, however, a new assignment I have to work on for my Academic Skills is a compare and contrast of two pieces of art. I’m going to write an analysis on each piece before I attempt to compare and contrast them so those will be posted onto here, followed by the final written piece that I do.

The works I have chosen for this assignment are both depictions of David and Goliath, and painted in the same medium, but 407 years apart, so it should be an interesting subject to approach.

Rocco Normanno - David and Goliath - 2006 - Oil on Canvas (150 x 150cm)
Rocco Normanno – David and Goliath – 2006 – Oil on Canvas (150 x 150cm)
Caravaggio - David and Goliath - 1599 - Oil on Canvas (110 x 91cm)
Caravaggio – David and Goliath – 1599 – Oil on Canvas (110 x 91cm)

I’m a big fan of Caravaggio’s work and his life in general, Normanno is new to me though, I only discovered him by accident and since looking for artworks for this essay. I can already feel that this is going to be an interesting process and I’m looking forward to picking these artworks apart to find out which artist is David and which is Goliath.

JG

Hadleigh Castle

John Constable - Hadleigh Castle, the Mouth of the Thames, after a Stormy Night - 1829 - Oil on Canvas (164.5 x 121.9cm)
John Constable – Hadleigh Castle, the Mouth of the Thames, after a Stormy Night – 1829 – Oil on Canvas (164.5 x 121.9cm)

I decided to finally make a post that is simply dedicated to a painting, now that I’m starting to get the hang of blogging. The painting chosen is John Constable’s Hadleigh Castle.

Brief History

The precise date of the build is unknown, but it is known that it was built sometime after 1215 by Hubert de Burgh. Being situated on the mouth of the Thames it worked well for defensive means, against any invaders using the Thames; and also as a private royal residence that was close to London.

My Views

This particular painting by the great John Constable, is one of my favorite pieces of art for a variety of reasons. Firstly is probably the love that I hold of castles, the fact that even when in dis-repair and ruinous I can still feel the presence of power they once held in times long past. In my opinion, these colossal, stone structures dwarf even the highest of skyscrapers in today’s age.

Another reason for my love of this artwork has to be the recognition of the scene, as I pass this castle every time I get on the train. An amazing factor about the scenery itself is that it hasn’t really changed since 1829 when Constable captured its beauty on a canvas.

I hadn’t been aware of this painting’s existence until fairly recently, when I stumbled upon it whilst researching Colchester Castle for a college project that I’ve been working on.  In respect of that, I’m glad I did find it and therefore came to write a short post about it.

Constable has depicted this scene immaculately and without a single flaw, every part of detail in this work screams perfection in such a way that it’s impossible to ignore.

I particularly like the farmer in the scene as well, just going about his daily business, unperturbed by the remains of a once great fortress, as though it is just as much a natural part of the landscape as the river and hills. The land is still home to cattle and farmers to this day; and they still share the same views of their surroundings as the farmer shown in the painting did, almost two hundred years before.

The sky, being still heavy and quite darkened after the storm, sets the castle in an ominous appearance, thus lending it an even more powerful stance in comparison to it’s neutral surroundings.

It’s just a shame that this once great abode was built on subsiding ground, leaving it in ruins as years have passed, but with the addition of imagination to the remains, it doesn’t take long to feel and become part of this castle when it was in it’s prime.

JG