Italian Art Class 2017
Today we travel through time; lots of times actually. We traveled through every historical timeline possible at the Vatican Museum. The museum is large, and so packed with artwork and people that it is hard to see everything. However, there were a few pieces that really spoke to me. Among those being the Laocoon group, a copy of Michelangelo's Pieta, and the Sistine Chapel. These pieces are ones that show movement, emotion, and power.
The Laocoon group sculpture was one that I pushed my way to the front for. This sculpture is one of the Hellenistic movement. This movement is one that seems rather cheesy at times. However, with this three figure piece, you can see the figures working together to create a wonderful composition.
The Sistine Chapel was an experience I had to take in twice; it was magnificent. On the way down to the Chapel, you pass many great art works of Dali, Matisse, and Van Gogh. So many wonderful artists, and than you finally make that last descent before you enter the chapel. Everyone within your group gets quiet, and boom! There is Michelangelo's magnificent Ceiling. Pictures do not do it justice. The colors that Michelangelo used were wonderful! He used a sea foam green in quite a few of the frescos to create the shading and highlights within the artworks. It is just wonderful to see, and so hard to describe the wonderful experience you have when you're in the chapel. This Chapel is completely packed with people. You have no personal space, and the guards are constantly reminding you to be quiet. However, when you are there, you are in a place where a group of like minded people gathered, to worship the one true God. All of the frescos were heavily researched prior to painting them. So Michelangelo, and so many other artists, dug deep into God's word to make sure every single detail within these frescos were perfect for the sake of the like minded people who gathered there. Seeing these frescos is spiritual experience. One that is very hard to explain, but so worth enduring a cattle drive of people twice to see.
Below is Modern art that you see on your way to the Sistine Chapel.