Sandro Botticelli, The Birth of Venus (c. 1486). Tempera on canvas. 172.5 cm × 278.9 cm (67.9 in × 109.6 in). Uffizi, Florence
This painting ‘The Birth of Venus’ is one of my favourite paintings. Mainly because it involves many of my favourite things including the study of the renaissance period and the influence the artists left in this time period. Renaissance style paintings are so old fashioned and different from the art today making them more appealing to me. The reason I love this painting is because I love mannerism, although it may not be to obvious in comparison to other paintings in this time period, with close analysis of this image you can depict mannerism. The story and time taken to create this is more complicated then creating a painting today which also makes it significant to me.
Drawing by Yasmine Gateau for a magazine.
Without having any information behind the story of this image, it is almost obvious what the message behind this is. However it is all dependant on how it is interpreted as there seems to be many messages this could be perceived to be. This image is appealing to me as it has a lot of composition and may suggest or tell more than one story. After a quick analysis I would say this image was about the amount of knowledge that you offer others, but after looking at the image for more than just a second I would say that this image could have many meanings. The flying papers could suggest the loss of information or the distribution. The people in lab coats walking into his mind could be a representation of the young gaining knowledge from an elderly scientist, as they have brown hair and the dominate figure has white hair. This photo is interesting to me as it makes you wonder and think hard of its initial purpose and how this visually communicates an idea in a clever and appealing way, which is important to me as a young designer.
In the reading “How to see the World” by Nicholas Mirzoeff, he acknowledges key points to alter our outlook on how we choose to see the world. An interesting example Mizoeff used is his example between two “blue marble” (earth) images taken in 1972 and another taken in 2012. The two images look similar however the 2012 image was taken by several angles and put together into one. This technique is known as ’tiled rendering’. Mirzoeff then says “It is a good metaphor for how the world is visualised today”(10). I find this extremely interesting as it makes me wonder about the everyday things I see and whether or not they are as deceiving as the same example Mirzoeff uses.
Mirzoeff, Nicholas. “Introduction”. How to See the World. London: Pelican, 2015. 1-27. Print.
Tiled rendering – is the process of subdividing a computer graphics image by a regular grid in Optical space and rendering each section of the grid, or tile, separately.