General Art Thread
Hello, this is my first thread on Amarna, so I thought I would share some pretty arts.
Here are some samples of work by Mark Ferrari, who has made these cycling pixel arts for a long time. Much more is available on this website that hosts interactive versions of the works:
Yes post some arts you find interesting as well
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These are so nice that I want this to be a general pixel art thread.
Gorgeous, thank you
Here is one of my favorite Renaissance-era paintings, the Allegory of the Planets by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo. There are two versions, one done as an oil sketch and the other as a fresco for the Wurzburg Residence (great building for an architecture thread, if we ever have one). Here you go.
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This is the oil painting version
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Fresco. Sadly, even with this resolution, the painting looks blurred, and I assume you must go to the location of the painting itself to see it's full beauty.

Apologies, this painting is actually more placed in time with the Baroque/Late Baroque period in time rather than the Renaissance.
(01-14-2023, 02:36 AM)anthony Wrote: These are so nice that I want this to be a general pixel art thread.

I would not oppose this!

(01-14-2023, 08:28 AM)BillyONare Wrote: Gorgeous, thank you

Yes post something you find pretty

(01-14-2023, 09:44 AM)Guest Wrote: Here is one of my favorite Renaissance-era paintings...

I very much like the fresco version, for its great vivid colors. It is a very good work- with so much detail and life.
No one post in my thread :'(
Hello??? Is anyone out there???
Come on, post some arts...
Three works by Gustave Dore

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These three were picked at random
a number of artists did illustrations based of wagner's musikdramas, which lend themselves well to amarnisch compositions. i am particularly fond of willy pogany's work, here are a few from tannhaeuser:
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i wish i could find them all in one place, in high quality.
In the field of painting, my favorites have always been those of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, an English opposition to Raphael's rationalism and an attempt to return to the spiritualism of medieval art. Quite beautiful across the board.

William Holman Hunt
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John Everett Millais
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(Note the red-headed, especially Nordic-British Christ)
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(The mastery of texture here is almost incomprehensible to modern eyes)

Dante Gabriel Rossetti
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I am also quite a fan of the Peredvizhniki movement out of Russia. It is like visual Dostoevsky.

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Spengler calls the prime symbol of the emergent Russian civilization that of the endless steppe plain, inhabited by the Russian Brotherhood. I think that these paintings effectively demonstrate that.
Finally, as for individual artists, none have bested Albrecht Dürer.
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But one of my personal favorites is Wayne Douglas Barlowe. While probably best known for his speculative evolution work in his book Expedition and his design of the creatures from James Cameron's Avatar, I think that his best work is found in his Inferno.
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Barlowe makes a good companion for other "nightmare" artists, chief among whom are H.R. Giger and Zdzislaw Beksinski.
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Splendid all around, the third one speaks to me especially. It reminds me of a primitive, chaotic, nine-panel painting I saw in local steakhouse here once, of old bartender vigorously shaking a cocktail mixer, the brushstrokes and colors blurring his flesh and the mixer with their conveyance of nigh-incomprehensible speed... I stood there for minutes, awestruck at this. Simple and primitive, but in a very powerful way. The celloist painting portrays similar thing but in much more subtle and measured manner. Thank you.
The painter of that, Giovanni Gasparro, was also accused of anti-Semitism.
(01-29-2023, 04:52 PM)BillyONare Wrote: The painter of that, Giovanni Gasparro, was also accused of anti-Semitism.

I dislike Gasparro. Trad-kitsch. Caravaggio knockoff for BASED people. Just look at Caravaggio. Or watch Jarman's film if still images bore you.
(01-29-2023, 07:29 PM)anthony Wrote:
(01-29-2023, 04:52 PM)BillyONare Wrote: The painter of that, Giovanni Gasparro, was also accused of anti-Semitism.

I dislike Gasparro. Trad-kitsch. Caravaggio knockoff for BASED people. Just look at Caravaggio. Or watch Jarman's film if still images bore you.

That's fair I suppose, I can certainly see where you're coming from. The multitude of hands was certainly neat, but it still didn't affect me nearly as much as the aforementioned cocktail painting, which I have actually found: it's called The Making of the Perfect Martini, by Guy Buffet, 2000.
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The weird stretchy motion-blur, likely combined with the comic format, reminds me a lot of Calvin and Hobbes (a childhood favorite of mine).

But anyways, back to the Gasparro work. There's a certain dull stiffness and uncanniness to that work that I see in all modern "neo-trad/classical" paintings. I'm not sure what it is. I think it may have something to do with seeing modern faces (which you can certainly tell apart from the faces of actual nineteenth century paintings - must be some epigenetic/hormonal factor having to do with modern poisons and miscegenation) in a classical-style oil painting, or perhaps the advent and proliferation of mass media and smartphones and whatnot have polluted the modern artist's mind. No matter what it is, it turns Gasparro's and other's works is mere trivial novelties. I was also thoroughly disappointed to find that he does the whole "one person with multiple disembodied hands" shtick in a huge number of his works. One-trick pony. Really hammers in Spengler's point about any sort of late-civilization hamfisted "trad revival/RETVRN" always being a symptom of degeneration, the mere imitation of archaic or foreign forms and motives (the latter of which we see in the soulless Western appropriation of the surface-level aesthetics of anime or other non-Western art forms). "Trad-kitsch" nails it perfectly. Genuine "nightmare artists" such as the aforementioned Barlowe, Giger, and Beksinski are much more natural and honest artists, exploring the very last nooks and crannies of worthwhile Faustian artistic expression. When Shakespeare and the age that created him have come and gone, do not try to be Shakespeare in an age which never could have otherwise brought him forth; instead, be something befitting your own age, a Lovecraft or a Wolfe.
Selections from my PDF of Edward Banfield's The Moral Basis of a Backward Society.

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Liza Lou:

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Fire, 2002, Glass beads on fiberglass and plaster, 29 x 24 x 24 in. (73.7 x 61 x 61 cm)

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The Worshipper, 2004, Quartz chrystals on fiberglass, 44 x 44 x 21 in. each

Gregory Green:

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Through the Night Softly, 2011, 2552 hand-made metal tire spikes, dimensions variable

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Attache Case #1 (Nice), 1993 Mixed media 40.6 x 45.7 x 40.6 cm
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Wow I haven't been on Amarna Forum for a while and I come back to an amazing assortment of images posted by Amarnites, yes I thank you all and I hope to see more. Keep posting!!
I will be coming back later to take a more pronounced gander at the great selection that has been posted!
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