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April 1, 2015

THE FIRST RAYS OF LIGHT

Since first days at university, lectures advice you to choose artistic references to lead you, to bring your way to a destination. It was not until the freshman year I discovered them, to those who died poor, exiled or repudiated, but left us with a legacy that nowadays it becomes essential to our humanity.

The first is to announce Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (Milan, September 29, 1571 Porto Ercole, July 18, 1610), it is considered the first great exponent of Baroque painting.

He managed to absorb the blow of light to an object, and how to draw the most important thing is what it represents. He was a grown man of his time, his strong character in his works managed to pierce the boundaries adopted until his time immersed in an inner struggle between light and darkness, innovating and mixing the same scene divine holiness and human misery.

Things Learned From him

  •  Know better analyze the pictorial and photographic scenes.
  • Get out of the established regime and not let myself be dominated by the rules.

The second artist who managed to break my schemes was Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (Leiden, 15 July 1606 – Amsterdam, 4 October 1669) is considered one of the greatest Baroque masters of painting and engraving, had a deep knowledge of classical iconography, which used to interpret freely to suit their own experience. Unlike Caravaggio, Rembrandt was a fully coupled to its environment artist. Their source of income and sustainability was supported from an early age by portraits for different characters that formed the Dutch Golden Age. The period of greatest splendor national cultural, commercial and political level.

 

The use of light is masterful, getting the texture elements as skin, reflexes of the jewels and fabrics are excellent, with a light bulb could illuminate a scene with a great expressiveness and vividness. he is remembered for his masterly group portraits, his compositional mastery, the perfect characterization of the characters, the sharpness of faces, Chiaroscuro becomes the most powerful means of expression of the painter.

Things Learned From him

  • Handle and strive in low light.
  • Analyze the environment and take advantage.
  • Understand the group composition.

And third influence, Domenikos Theotokopoulos, known as El Greco (Candia, 1541-Toledo, 1614) in this case is a Renaissance painter, before the other two baroque, still was a creator with exceptional style. This was the result of his painting career, obtained in three cultural inspirations: the first Byzantine was the cause of important aspects of his style that flourished at maturity; the second was obtained in Venice painters of the High Renaissance, oil painting and palette; Finally, his stay in Rome could get mannerism, which became their life style.

 

Finally after a brief stay by Madrid was established in the thriving Toledo, which was one of the largest cities of the time with the intention of winning the favor of Felipe II and into the court, but the result was not well. Even so he remained in Toledo and made life with the arrival of his children and his artistic maturity stage.

Things Learned From him

  • The need to seek life and not remain in one location in order to achieve your goals.
  • The use and flexibility ranges unconventional colors.
  • Make and recognize the deformation of expression and identity as an advantage.