Saturday, January 7, 2012

Art History Influencing Art Today

The winter break to me means going to the movies, and there is a great selection out this year.  One of the movies I saw this past week was “The Adventures of Tin Tin”  directed by Steven Spielberg. My two boys and I really enjoyed it.  I was reading some of the reviews and many of them were about the comparisons with “Raiders of the Lost Ark”, which is defiantly true (and really cool)! But, as an artist, I was drawn to the beautiful artistry that kept me looking back to the great Realist Painters in Art History like Rembrandt, Van Eyck and  Vermeer.

Art History is not just in History…it influences our art and culture every day.

Left is a painting from Rembrandt compared to a clip from the movie on the right.

Left is a painting from Vermeer compared to a clip from the movie on the right.

The Storm on the Sea of Galilee by Rembrandt, 1633, Oil on Canvas, 63 x 50.4 in., Current location unknown.

The Milkmaid  by Johannes Vermeer, 1660, Oil on Canvas, 17.9 x 16.1 in.,Dutch National Museum, Amsterdam.