Toledo Art Museum Analysis

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It is strange how the detailing the world of art has a profound effect on the society and the individual. By saying strange, true meaning behind actually realizing that these works exists and are physically real is an even greater revelation. There is definitely a difference in how perception and opinion is skewed by the medium of view, rather it be through the pixels of a projection screen or through the natural cognitive wonder that is the eye. As it would seem, art itself is transition from the collections of private collectors to online galleries, designed to preserve the work left behind by those who once lived on this plant years ago. Going to the Toledo Art Museum has showed just how much is missing from the works of art because of…show more content…
Spending the most time in the Baroque section, the highlight included a comparison of three portraits, each done by three different Baroque artist roughly around the same time. The two predominant artist that stood out of the three were Rembrandt and Velazquez, which meant that the paintings displayed were going to be nothing short of intriguing. To my surprise, it was as I expected but also there was hidden feeling that had yet to strike until after the tour was over. Just the sheer fact alone that these works have survived decades of exposure was astounding, but then the added fact that they have made their way to some city in Ohio blew my mind. One would think that paintings made by renowned artist would end up in more prestigious or more well established galleries/museums. Yet, Velazquez 's Man with a Wine Glass (1599-1600) still remains and has caught a hold of my curiosity. Everything about Velazquez 's style and workmanship is clearly represented in his use of the painterly brushstrokes and colors. Velazquez, make many other artist that we have or have yet to discuss in class, have made me stop to really obsess over the beauty of each of other works. Man with a Wine Glass is no exception to that statement, which is even more enhanced by the level of description the docent went into. The more she spoke about the cheery smile and the richness of the contrasting lights and darks, the more I felt welcomed to join this individual in his liveliness. She then went on to compare it to Young Man with a Plumed Hat (1631) by Rembrandt and the comparisons were made between the values of darkness in contrast with the light of the subject. Both have a painterly style that consumes features such as the subject 's hair and attire, but differ in shadows and value. While Velazquez 's painting is bright and open, Rembrandt 's

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