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They say a picture is worth a thousand words.
So I’m going to let them do most of the talking.
Cave paintings can be found all over the world, and date back to the Paleolithic Era. Stylized and sometimes crude, animals raced across the walls with virile hunters giving chase. During the Ice Age, a hero didn’t win wars or conquered lands, they were the ones who could provide food for the village; the ones who fought off vicious beasts, so it is no surprise that cave paintings mainly depict animals and hunters. I like to think they are a recording of a hero’s triumphant deeds, the momentous events in a village’s history.
In ancient Egypt, paintings were used not just to tell a story, but to record a persons life.
Births, marriages, deaths, wars, ascensions, achievements–all were immortalized on the walls and ceilings of tombs, temples, and sometimes houses. In a way, Egyptian paintings were the first books.
The Renaissance was a time of light, of vivid colors.
It was the age of enlightenment, so it is no surprise that the two most popular themes were Greek/Roman mythology and the Bible.
Some artists even chronicled the lives of great historical figures. Rubens chronicled the life of Marie de’ Medici in a series of 21 paintings spanning from birth to death.
You can’t help but wonder the story behind the painting.
When I see a painting, one of the first things I wonder is who those people were. I start to create stories about the people; what they were doing, how they relate to each other. What brought them to that particular moment in time.
Given the right subject and the right colors, art can send a powerful message. With each brush stroke, the artist leaves behind a piece of their soul. Each painting and sketch, a reflection of their emotions–their sorrows, their joys, their desires.