Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Jidoshi's, "A brief History of the World's great works of Art." seg. 1

Art history is one of my favorite subjects. I thank you for joining me as I take you on a tour of some of the world's greatest works of art. Welcome to "Jidoshi's, A brief History of the world's great works of Art."

Did you know the Mona Lisa's real name is "La Gioconda,"or "La Joconde,"after the Count Giocondo who commissioned Leonardo Da Vinci to paint her. Did you know the Count never paid Da Vinci and so Leonardo kept the painting for many years after. We don't know much about Mona except that Leonardo hired minstrels, clowns, and jugglers to keep her smiling. Even Leo cracked a few jokes. The scenery behind her is not real. Leonardo invented a magical world of steam and sinewy rivers and out of this ethereal plane appears Mona with her milky melting skin and entrancing smile.

Another of the greats is Michelangelo's "and God Created Adam."This great painting is actually one part of one of the world's greatest collages inside the Sistene Chapel Michelangelo spent years on support scaffolds staring up to paint the ceiling that he never was able to look straight at someone again. His neck was damaged, but his art lives forever.

The next great work of art on display is the famous photo, "Elian Gonzalez looks down the barrel of an automatic submachine gun." This great photo was actually taken by an amateur Cuban American who felt they could tell our Government what to do. Notice the fear, the anguish, the exquisiteness of the linear structure offset by the soft green undertones. It's a well known fact that after viewing this photo, the great photographer Ansel Adams was drawn to tears, and subsequently retired from the profession stating, "he doesn't deserve to be a photographer." It is quite possible that this photo of the INS agent sticking his rifle in Elian's face after finding him hidden in a closet, is the greatest example of the Post-Modern Cubism style to date.

Next on display is Edward Munch's famous painting that started "Expressionism," titled "Despair." To Edward Munch's dismay, when first displayed, the title was changed to "The Cry." Since then it has been called "The Shriek," and is best known now as "The Scream." I'll bet you did not know that the character in the painting is in fact not screaming. Edward Much suffered from depression and is trying to capture the feeling of despair on the inside, not the outside. What you see is a creature that has lost it's humanity, it's sexuality, it's manhood, recognition, and self-worth. All that is left is a worm-like creature wafting in the wind waiting to be blown over the side of the bridge. Did you know the bridge still exists today in Norway, over 100 years later. I'll bet you did not know Edward painted over 100 of these paintings during his life. He could not counter the depression and felt this creature with a rubbery face and hands was inside him.

I hope you enjoyed this brief history in Classical Art. In future segments I plan to cover Michelangelo's great sculpture "David," Jan Vermeer's "Girl with a pearl earring," Seurat's "La Grande Jatte," and a soliloqouy selected from one of Mexican President Vicente Fox's senseless one-man impressionist monologues titled, "Mexicans are willing to do jobs even the blacks will not do." Please join me next time for another edition of Jidoshi's brief history of Art. Posted by Hello


Anonymous Digger said...

Haha, great post!

You have a good sense of humor.

Ever thought of adding trackbacks or sitemeter to your blog?

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