Friday, July 13, 2007

Friday Five

Quick thank you to everyone who posted in the comments yesterday. You already know I think this, but y'all are great. We're headed to the shelter this afternoon. And Willowtree, it's funny that you mentioned those two cats (Zoe and Chloe), because those were the two I suggested to my husband. We're also thinking about Lucy the basset hound, and a couple of the other dogs we saw. However, they apparently have a bunch of animals who are not on the website, so we shall see...

Today's Friday Five....

Five Favorite Pieces of Art (in no particular order)

This Friday Five was inspired by a discussion my husband and I were having about the Sistine Chapel. Yes, we sometimes have strange discussions....oh, and all of these pieces have wiki links, just click on their names.

I love this piece because of the sorrow so evident on Mary's face. It's apparently the only piece that Michelangelo ever signed. Technically it, is of course, a masterpiece. The marble looks positively fluid as it drapes in the folds of the cloak. But it is an emotional piece first and foremost for me. Perhaps I appreciate this piece more now that I have a child.

I always wished my first kiss was this enthralling. It's the woman's face in this one that gets me every time, the complete surrender to a kiss that's not even on her lips. Chaste, and intimate at the same time. I suppose they look a little like they're about to have a very naughty picnic.

I've always loved Van Gogh, and this is my favorite of his. I know he had vision problems, and some experts theorize that was why the stars look the way they do in so many of his paintings. I honestly don't care. I just love the way this scene always looks like it's on the move.

Caravaggio was the bad boy of his day (back in the 1600's), he was always drinking and brawling and yet put out art that looked like this. The lighting is magnificent. I also like the fact that there was a bit of a scandal associated with this painting. Caravaggio took a lot of criticism because he painted the Virgin with a slightly bloated stomach, showing a woman who had obviously given birth at some point, which was at odds (some thought) with the idea of a "virgin". He also apparently used a well known prostitute as his model for Mary.

I've always liked Georgia O'Keeffe's way with bold colour and form. Anyone who knows me, knows I like red, although I never used to think it was one of my favourite colours. If someone wanted me to define red, I'd show them this painting.

and an extra:
Sunset Tree, by my mom (sorry, no wiki link for this one)

My mom doesn't paint much anymore, but she did this one back in the late 1980's. I've carried it with me ever since and it's always been on a wall wherever I've gone. This picture doesn't do it justice, but you'll just have to believe me on this. I love the sunset colours, and I like the feeling of quiet this painting gives me. And that's all that matters, doesn't it?

Okay, that's it. Go on and post your five. I don't care if it's a masterpiece by da Vinci, or your five-year-old's crayon scrawl. Art is open to interpretation.
Oh, and I'll post pics of the new pet as soon as we figure out what we're doing. Have a great weekend y'all!


mjd said...

Great choices. I love the Pieta, and Van Gogh's work is wonderful. Your Mom's painting of the sunset is so vibrant. Hmm, five pieces of art...I will have to think.

auntie barbie said...

Define art. I can't pick 5. I have too many paintings, pictures, drawings, writings, sculptings, composings, items, etc. that I love for so many reasons. This one makes my brain hurt so how about this, my favorite piece of art is the art of nature and all living things.

Jen said...

Hmm, okay, for the purpose of commenting, let's keep it to "visual arts" of a static nature. So, sculpture, pottery, painting, drawing, inked prints, comic strips, comic books, collage, photography etc. will qualify. I'll do a five movies at some point (which are art, and we can cover some other artworks eventually, too. But for right now, for the purposes of keeping auntie barbie's head from exploding, let's stick with static visual art. Hope that clears things up. I need to work on my definitions I suppose.

The Rotten Correspondent said...

I don't want to hurt auntie barbie's head. That would make me feel really guilty. I also love your choices, but am going to have to think on this one for a bit.

Mom said...

Thank you, Jen. I was truly surprised and very touched by your inclusion of my work in your post. I consider this the highest praise I could have ever hoped for.

Jo Beaufoix said...

1. Boo Dog by Govinder Nazran.
I love all of his work pretty much, but Boo Dog just always makes me smile.

2. Laurence Stephen Lowry
Coming Home From The Mill

I love this because it's a bit of social history. It's just everyday people going about there business but it's so full of life.

3. Andy Warhol's 10 Marilyns, 1967.
It's just fab. I don't know if I'd have it on my wall, but I love it.

4. Annora Spence Man and Dog
I love dogs (can you tell) and this again makes me smile, and it's very honest.

5. Leonardo Da Vinci's The last Supper.
I saw this painting alot as a child as I was brought up a Catholic, but it has interested me more since the Da Vinci Code.
I find it very intriguing and a complete mystery, as well as a fabulous painting.

Now, Jen, come over and visit, I have a surprise for you.

auntie barbie said...

Whew! thanks, my head feels better already. It was still really hard to pick just 5 but her goes.

1. The creation of Adam by Michelangelo. The 2 hands reaching out to touch each other is what really gets me. I don't really care that its God & Adam.
2. The Shiner by Norman Rockwell. The one with the girl with a black eye sitting outside the principles office with the silly grin on her face. (I love most of Rockwells stuff)
3. The Kiss by Rodin. This was once part of a relief that is called The Gates of Hell. This amuses me as it is depicts such a passionate kiss and embrace. I wouldn't mind hell being like that!
4. Kohler's Pig by Michael Sowa. This is a very cute painting of a pig diving blissfully into a pond.
5. A very old print of a young girl that was once owned by my grandmother. It hung in my parents bedroom for ages untill my mom gave it to me about 14 years ago. For some reason I have loved it for as long as I can remember and it always hangs in a place of honor in my home.
I could go on forever but you only asked for 5.

To the rotten correspondent: I enjoy reading your blog and tried to leave you a comment but was unable because I don't have a account. Love your stuff & I'm going to try the cake recipe.

The Rotten Correspondent said...

stealing a moment from work. aunt barbie, thanks for the nice comments,(and please keep reading!) but what does that mean that you need an account to leave a comment? I thought anyone could comment??

auntie barbie said...

Dear Rotten Correspondent,
In the Leave your comment section of your blog underneath the empty comment box it states "This blog does not allow anonymous comments." I'm not sure if you can change it, but I will continue to read.

Jo Beaufoix said...

Ok Jen, now I have 2 surprises, a tag and an award