Analysis and comparison of two arts
Panel painting of a woman in a blue mantle is a two-dimensional art created in Egypt in 68 C.E. it is made of encaustic on wood. The artistic intentionally uses light blue color, brown color, and black color to create an amazing masterpiece and convey the intended information. The artist pleasingly tries to balance and combine the colors in an amazing manner. The artist uses thick lines on the frame of the work; lines that vary in intensity and chunkiness. The rectangular masterpiece is seemingly rough and an abstract that perfectly represents Emperor Nero’s mother.
On the other hand, Head of a king is a three-dimensional art created in the 4th century. Unlike Panel painting of a woman, the Head of a king is made of mercury gilding and silver. The artist intellectually and psychologically engages the audience in the art by using dark-brown colors and silver. Additionally, unlike the Panel painting of a woman, the Head of a king is made by using the modeling technique. Apparently, the artist uses sharp lines that creatively combine to produce a perfect artwork. Just like in the Panel painting of a woman, the artist creatively uses colors and artistic skills to expressively and mentally involve an audience while still managing to deliver the intended message. The greyish solid background in Panel painting of a woman is replaced with a solid dark-brown background.
The Head of a King is an art that was done to represent the Sasanian dynasty of Iran during from third century A.D. to the seventh century when the Islamic leadership was defeated. During that period, the culture represented lived in area between Euphrates River and Bactria. Therefore, the silvery head represents the Sasanian King as an example of the cultural metalwork. On the other hand, “The painting of a woman in a blue mantle” is an Egyptian funerary style that dates from the mid-first century A.D. to a period of about two hundred years. The period in the portrait is represented by the hairstyle of the Emperor Nero’s mother. The era of “the head of a King” is portrayed by the stylistic details used in the fourth century mainly in the reign of Shapur II.
“The Head of king” is done from a single piece of silver that reveals a repousse and chase details. The silvery material portrays a lavish life if the Sasanian King during that era, who wore a simple a beaded necklace of Sasanian fashion and ovoid earrings. The portrait shows a direct meaning of a king with an arched nose and powerful stare to reveal the sense of majesty instead of individual likeness. However, the crescent decorating the crenellated crown and striated orb have no exact meaning. This portrait shows the traditional appreciation and respect for the Sasanian King. On the other hand, the “panel paining of a woman in a blue mantle” represent a young woman with a strong face, somber eyes, in her tiny, elaborated curls and gay light-blue mantle from a direct white light. These features reveal Greco-Egyptian society that was being influenced by the Egyptian’s leadership in Rome. The texture of the encaustic material, worked with tools and brushes, shows the careful shaping of the dimensionality of the face and the curves.
The two arts evidently present the kinship notions that were prevalent in the eras. The artists use artistic skills to express their ideas and feelings about their leaders. They fit into the fit into the Ancient Art category by having colors and artistic styles that are unique to the period.
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