Art History Essay

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The Breakfast Scene is part of an episodic sequence of paintings, in order to display a satirical perspective of the aristocracy. The medium presented is oil on canvas , and was completed in 1745 and now resides within the National Gallery in London. The narrative presented reflects the frivolous spending of the nobility, in order to satisfy certain aspects of eroticism. Depicting a vice count returning from a night at the local brothel , only to find his beloved lounging area defiled by his parents banquet. The count and countess are in a state of anguish, that a beloved noblemen returns engrossed in debt, and withholding the handkerchief of his beloved courtesan. The symbolism presented can be compared to Flemish artistry mostly regarding simple environmental elements not only contribute to the narrative of the piece but also acknowledge certain expectations presented within this era of society. Common indicator regarding symbolic trends well be the dog presented indication of toto , a guardian figure that oversees its owners a sense of loyalty and devotion, the use of satirical elements such figure digging within the coat pocket of the vice count revealing a physical manifestation of his transgression through the receipts presented. Implying that the count has abandoned his sense of duty , in regards to his marriage.
The symbol of cupid presented reflects themes presented within Venus, Cupid, Folly and Time , displaying aspects of misguided love , primarily emphasizing how lust compromises the morale of individuals. That the count presented sense of obliviousness in regards to the consequences of his actions, well eventually taint his family name in regards to the infidelity committed , but also such constant self indulgence well diminish his financial future. Or rather if such scandal is exposed could cause certain family ties to be compromised.
Marriage a la mode or The Marriage Settlement completed in 1745 presents a medium of oil on canvas , and now resides within National Gallery in London , presents satirical elemts regarding the arrangement , but ultimately presents a sense of realism regarding the situation and the initial response presented by the couple. Presenting a narrative that depicts the aristocracy congregating in order to negotiate the proper conditions and or do dowry , to ensure that’s this noble unity , assures that representative parties are entitled to some form of confensation . To ensure that the integrity and reputation well be sustained....

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