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The Blue Boy by Thomas Gainsborough: The Aristocratic Ideal (1727-1788)

From the lonely rooms of world re-known artists, from the mad dirty work tables of famous sculptors to canvas, brushes, paint, charcoal and imaginations come some of the best views of the world from time immemorial. From shinning silver to sparkling diamonds, from gleaming gold to pearls from the sea, from crystals to wood, marble and precious stones come the most amazing pieces the geniuses we call artists created. I remember tales as a child: tales of far away lands, of gifts to Kings and Queens that ruled the world. The early Christian Church for example received gifts to their eminences and pope who reigned then. Tales of Kings and Queens from the East who mad mansions decorated in rubies and precious stones not found anywhere else in the world.

The woman weighing gold by Dutch artist Jan Vermeer (1633-1675)
It is believed that in the earlier centuries the desire for splendor enhanced the workmanship of artists: earlier civilizations like Egypt, Babylon and Greece used a lot of gold in their work, their magic still lives on after many centuries gone by.

 

In Europe, the art of painting came quite late to England; it was not until the eighteenth century that the true English maters appeared. Artists like Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788) is well known for his painting of the Blue Boy, oil on canvas piece 48 inches wide by 70 inches tall. Originally Gainsborough did paintings of landscapes but slowly became the prince of portraits producing some of the most famous aristocratic portraits of his time.

Porcelain Vase decoraing the grand hall at the Ceasar's Palace Hotel in Las Vegas (2008)
Gainsborough reached the peak of his mastery with the painting of the ‘Blue Boy’ which was a portrait of Master Jonathan Buttal. This piece is known to be the epitome of a British youth brought up in nobility. It was the aristocratic ideal; in San Francisco a huge repainting of the Blue Boy at the Wax Museum at the Fisherman’s Wharf is a reminder of the aristocratic ideal.

 

In the Netherlands, the booming of the art of painting began in the seventeenth century, the one famous artists known all over the world is Rembrandt van Rijn who took over the whole century. Another famous Dutch artist was Jan Vermeer (1633-1675) who raised the bar of art higher: his famous painting of the woman weighing gold is a perfect example of what is referred to as mysterious art (reminds me of Shylock in the Merchant of Venice).

Michelangelo's DAVID: sculpted in Marble around 1501 - 1504. Original is in Florence at Accademia delle Belle Arti

 

The Chinese are well known for their invention of Porcelain: it is a hard and brittle high fired material and is always reflective of nature (at least the many I have seen).  During the Ch’ing Dynasty in the seventeenth and eighteen century, Chinese porcelain reached its peak of achievement. In Chinese Porcelain everything corresponds with nature, it is no different from their philosophies. The one famous artist during the Ch’ing Dynasty was K’ang-Hsi (1622-1722) who is famous for making the White Beaker with Red Blossoms. The original porcelain is at the National gallery of art in Washington DC under the Widener collection. Popular than any other country in the world of art is Italy: Great artists like Raphael, Michelangelo, Da Vinci sprang from it’s bosom.

A painting of Mater Dolorosa by El Greco (1540-1613): oil on canvas 18 inches wide by 24 inches tall
  In 1509 Raphael painted the famous Alba Madonna using circular movement. It is said that even though Raphael lacked the mystery of Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinici, he was  the best in harmonizing human appeal in paintings making him an exceptional painter.

Michelangelo da Carra-vaggio: History records that in 1501 the Operai of Santa Maria del Fiore owned a block of marble about nine feet high which was originally brought in from Carrara a little over a  hundred years earlier. The marble piece had earlier been worked on but abandoned, so Michelangelo was commission and he signed a contract to work on the sculpture of David. It is said no other artist would have done the job Michelangelo did, only he had the stamina to do what he did with David. The statute of David was completed in 1504 and Michelangelo got the sum of 400 ducats. Did you know that David as naked as he comes is a religious figure, he is the eighth son of Jesse? He is the only harpist who succeeded in calming the anger of King Saul, uniting the Hebrew people and founding Jerusalem.

A painting of Colonel St Legar aide-de-camp to the Prince of Wales by Gainsborough: oil on canvas 93 X 58 in.
Quite a history no?. Michelangelo was the dominant artists of the peak Renaissance and the main influence on all at that followed for several centuries. From the masterpieces of David and Pieta in his younger years to the major works in his older days, he proved he had the workmanship that is unsurpassed. His genius came alive in his work on the Sacristy in the church at San Lorenzo in Florence. 

Africancrab says:
I'm glad you liked it. Yes I shall be a guest whenever you make it to the US and get a home, for now you are invited to mine, how is that? Thanks for the lovely comment.
Posted on: Apr 09, 2010
Africancrab says:
Yes Vanessa, I did but I had to scan some of my old photos which I took using the film cameras. I still have a few more to scan. Revisiting the art history has been great. I have had this idea for a long time, I feinally decided to do it since I had plenty of time on my hands this past week while on bedrest.
Posted on: Jul 25, 2009
Vanessa_Mun_Yee says:
What a wonderful job Harriet! You must have spent a lot of time compiling this!
Posted on: Jul 24, 2009
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