Church of Sainte Madeleine
This building was designed by Pierre Alexandre Vignon between 1807 and 1827. This type of architecture belongs to the the New Classicism. Napoleon was who ordered the construction of this church, this was a temple for the glory of the French Army. This church has the structure of a Greek temple, it has high columns, on it there is a pediment with the figure of people sculpted, its doors have a lot of details too, in the interior you can see domes paintings and sculptures of angels. The basic material used was stone sculpted to make the characteristic details of this style. This church belongs to the New-Classicism because of the details it has, for example the use of columns and pillars, the domes, the pediment and its arches.
Two old men eating soup
This painting was made by Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, a Spanish painter who was born in Zaragoza, Fuendetodos in 1746. He made this painting between the 1819 and 1823. It doesn’t belong to a general style, this is one of the Black Paintings which he painted when he retired to a house on the banks of the river Manzanares called house of the Deaf Man, he startied painting on this way when he became deaf, because of this illness his paintings became more cirtical and introspective ans colours were darker, that is why they were called Blaack Paintings. He didn’t paint this work because someone connisioned him to do it, he made paintings on the walls of his house when Ferdinand VII came back and he lost his job, on that period he became completely isolated. On it there are two old men painted. The man who is on the left is smiling, he has got a spoon in his right hand, I can also see that the two men are looking at their left, the two men are bold, the two man are covered with something which seems to be like a bed sheet, on the bed sheet there is a plate with soup, the man who is on the right has no eyes, the whole background is black. It was made by a technique called oil painting. On this painting no one knows who the men are, some people think they are witches but we can't know it exactly because Goya didn't put a name to this paintings. This painting belongs to the dark paintings of Goya, these ones are featured by being painted with dark colours like grey, black…
This sculpture was made by Constantin Meunier, a Belgian painter who was born in Etterbeek. He made this sculpture in 1885. This work belongs to the Naturalist style, the last stage of Realism. On this sculpture I can see a man who is sitting, he is wearing a hat, trousers and boots, the whole sculpture is brown, this is because of the material used to make it. It is sculpted on bronze. This sculpture shows a worker, this is one of the sculptures he made when he came back to Belgium. We can say this sculpture belongs to the Naturalism because of the details it has and its theme, the work, this is one of the main themes of realism.