Monday, June 13, 2011


Today it has been Monday 13 of June, the date of the make up exam.

After Paqui has given the exams she has collected the projects about the Renaissance paintings that we have done. I had to do the project about the painting Charles V in the battle of Mühlberg, which represents Charles V in the battle of Mühlberg against the Schmalkaldic league.

-The first student to present her project has been Yolanda Rubio. She has talked about "The Garden Of Early Delights", painted by Hyeronimus Basch between 1503 and 1504, and it is exposed in the Prado museum. It was commissioned by Henry the III, but after it was bought by Philip II and exhibited in el Escorial.

The painting it's a triptych and it was divided into three parts: Heaven, Earth and Hell. When it is closed you see God creating the world. There's a hole in the Heaven's part that represents the devil's entrance from hell. There are some animals that represents different things like the rabbits which symbolize female sex.

The middle part is also divided into three parts: The fountain of the four rivers in the upper part, the animals around some women bathing in a hole and in the part below there many people having sexual relations.
In the right hell is represented where people are punished by their sins. The deadly sins are also represented, as the man who is eating the punish people and defecating them into a black hole where other people is throwing gold... this represents avarice.

-The second one who has present her project has been Silvia. She has spoken about the "Holy Trinity". Historians think that it was painted between 1535 and 1538 more or less, but it's sure that it was painted by Masaccio and it's exposed in Florence. The characters of the paintings are Christ, Marie and John; and behind them is God. The painting represents Christ's death.
It show use of the perspective in the Renaissance, follows the trompe- l'oeil technique and the painter used dark colours. Behind the scene is painted the sarcophagus of Christ and it was found in an altar of a church.

-The third person to present her project has been Laura Meco. She has explained the "Burial of Count Orgaz". It was painted by El Greco in 1587 and it was commissioned by Andres Núñez de Madrid.

The painting is divided into two parts: Below is the Earthly life and in the upper part is the heaven. Below, Saint Sebastian and Saint Agustin are depositing the count into the tomb. One curiosity is that El Greco and his son are represented in the burial. The upper part represents heaven and eternal life.

In the heaven are Jesus Christ, Pedro open the doors of heaven and Marie receiving the count's soul. He used warm and bright colours to paint the heaven and cold and dark colours to paint the burial. He made the figures in movement trying to make beauty.

-And the last one to present his project has been Javi. He has commented on the painting called: "The ambassadors", painted by Hans Holbein the "young" in 1533 and it was commissioned by Jean de Dinteville. It's exposed in the National Gallery in London.

The two characters are looking towards the observer. We can see some sundials in which their hours represent the period of changes in England in which Henry the VIII tried to get divorced of Catalina and get married to Anne Boleine. One of the two characters is a Bishop which went there to try to persuade him of not doing it. The broken lute symbolize's the break between the Catholic Church and the Anglican Church. There's also a crucifix on the wall. There's a skull next to the lute which means that the earthly powers are useless in heaven, and it expresses the vanity of the people.The man on the left holds a scroll in his right hand. Nothing in this work of art was painted by chance, all these objects have an objective.

After finishing with the project my classmates who were doing the make up exam has given it to Paqui and then the bell has rung.


Paqui Pérez Fons said...

Hello Alejandro,

A very detailed journal. Well done!
Here you have my corrections:

- The first student to present...
- Earthly Delights, painted by Hyeronimus Bosch.
- Bought by Philip II and exhibited in El Escorial.
-... a triptych and it was divided.
- Rabbits symbolize the female sex.
- The Fountain of the Four Rivers in the upper part.
- In the right part the hell is represented, where people are punished for their sins.
- Remember that "people" is pluarl in English.

I think you´ve written a paragraph about Silvia´s painting and you´ve included it in Yolanda´s presentation. Write it in its right place. The sarcophagus doesn´t belong to Christ, but to the commissioners of the painting.

- Christ´s death or crucifixion.
- The third person to present...
- Núñez with an accent.
- ... the Earthly life
- El Greco and his son are represented in the burial.
- In Heaven we find Jesus Christ, Pedro opening the doors...
- The last one to present...
- He has commented on the...
- Hans Holbein the Young... commissioned by Jean de Dinteville.
- ... looking towards the observer.
-... to persuade him of not doing it.
- The broken string of the lute symbolizes the break or the schism...
- A crucifix
-... it expresses...
- The man on the left...
-... all these objects...
- After finishing with the presentations...

And that´s it. The more you write, the more possibilities of making mistakes you have, but this is the best way to improve. The most part of the mistakes are not serious, but we have to try to write correctly. We don´t know who can read this.

Good work!

Paqui Pérez Fons said...

I´ve forgotten another spelling mistake: "trompe-l´oeil ". It means "cheat or deceive the eyes"'%C5%93il

Ana de la Fuente said...

It's very good the journal Alejandro!