The Role of Artists in Society

As a whole artists tell a story of time through their works. During their time artists create works of subject matter that is relevant to their times which allows viewers in the present to understand the social issues and historical changes that were going on around them through these works. It also allows viewers several of years in the future to understand the history of that time period. They are perhaps even able to live through the time period by viewing these works from the past. Artists give us an insight to what is happening in our present day lives as well as giving us important history lessons. Because we also have the stories of the past through these works it also allows us to compare them to the present.

By looking at work from the Romantic Era, as an individual who is viewing it from the past, it creates a history lesson for me and other viewers to understand what was occurring during these times.

A popular visual piece during this time was The Oxbow-View from Mount Holyoke, Northampton, Massachusetts, after a Thunderstorm created by Thomas Cole in 1836.


           Cole not only shows what the landscape looked like during this time but he also emphasizes how important nature was to himself and others during this time. Cole really captures the beauty of the landscape with his use of colors and lighting. My favorite part of this painting is how it fades from dark to light as the thunderstorm rolls out.

A popular piece of music during this time was composed by Franz Schubert titled, Erlkönig written in Austria in 1815.

This composed piece tells the story of a boy, his father and an elf king. The boy is trying to warn his father about the elf king following them but his father will not listen and the boy is killed by the elf king and dies in his father’s arms. This piece offers a look into the past with what popular music sounded like and what its focus was. For this piece, I liked how it built throughout the song and then came to a soft ending. I also liked the haunting melody it had to it, it added to the sad story the song was telling.

A popular theatre performance that was performed during the Romantic Era was Orpheus and the Underworld, created by Jacques Offenbach first performed at Théâtre des Bouffes-Parisiens, Paris in 1858.

This play tells the legend of Orpheus pursuit of his wife Eurydice when she is taken by Hades. This performance allows insight for what was popular during this time along with what  people during this era found humorous. After watching a short clip of this performance, I found it to be kind of humorous but I certainly wasn’t laughing that hard. It’s a good representation of how humor has changed in the last few centuries.

For today’s era, I focused on pieces that are currently very popular. These pieces allow the viewer to see what is popular in today’s age along with social issues that are currently occurring today.

The first piece I looked at is a painting that was done by Mario Sanchez Nevado titled, Betrayal-A Global Warming Illustration which was first shown in an exhibit which was held by the Hysterical Minds in 2012.


              This piece was created using digital illustration in Spain. Nevado uses several images to create a new image of a woman (who represents Mother Nature) having a gun (representing mankind) pointed at her. This work illustrates one of the great social issues that is occurring during this day in age; that being global warming and climate change. This work also shows the great advancements that this world has made in technology and how much art has changed being able to create something like this by morphing several images together on a computer. I like how this work shows the beauty of nature through beautiful images depicted of Mother Nature with beautiful colors and light. I also liked how, on the other end of the image, the hand and the gun is depicted as being dark and violent with dark colors and threatening images.

One of the most popular songs today is Closer composed by Hasley and the Chainsmokers in 2016.

This song has been one of the number one songs for several months in 2016. This song brings light to some of the social issues that are occurring in this day in age. The entire song is about seeing an old romantic partner. It is clear that this old romantic partner was a “hook-up” by the lyrics of the song. This song is a good representation of what music is nowofdays. I enjoy this song because it’s catchy. However, it doesn’t have the best message behind it.

The final work that I chose for the Modern Era is a popular Broadway show titled, An Act of God created by Jeffery Finn and was shown from July 6th to September 4th 2016 on Broadway.

This performance brings today’s social issues to attention and gives them an explanation through the use of humor. My favorite part of the clip is when “God” is talking about not giving anyone “God given power” in their sport or career.

By comparing these six works to each other an individual can see how things have changed through history and time and that is all thanks to the artists that created these works. Artists allow us a look into the window of the past and the present in numerous ways.

As a result of this course I have learned several new things about the arts. I knew close to nothing coming into this course about the arts. It was interesting for me to learn about all the different eras and all of the different styles that they have to offer. My favorite era that I learned about in this course was either the Romantic Era or the Early Modern Era.  As a result of this course I have learned how to appreciate all different styles of art, music and theatre.


Works Cited

An Act of God. “An Act of God Starring Sean Hayes.” YouTube, 30 Mar. 2016, Accessed 6 Dec. 2016.

B, Sherri C. “Franz Schubert’s “Erlkönig” | MASTERPIECES OF WESTERN MUSIC.” EdBlogs, Accessed 26 Oct. 2014.

ChainSmokersVEVO. “The Chainsmokers – Closer (Lyric) Ft. Halsey.” YouTube, 29 July 2016, Accessed 8 Dec. 2016.

Evans, Suzy. “AMERICAN THEATRE | Does God Have a Sense of Humor? Two Testaments on Broadway Say Amen.” AMERICAN THEATRE, 15 June 2015, Accessed 7 Dec. 2016.

“Guide to Musical Theatre – Operetta.” The Guide to Light Opera and Operetta, Accessed 7 Dec. 2016.

Herbert, Christopher. “ORPHEUS IN THE UNDERWORLD at Opera Vivente.” YouTube, 30 Apr. 2008, Accessed 6 Dec. 2016.

“Jacques Offenbach.” Quadrant Newmedia : We Make Technology Work for You, Accessed 8 Dec. 2016.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. “View from Mount Holyoke, Northampton, Massachusetts, After a Thunderstorm—The Oxbow | Thomas Cole | 08.228 | Work of Art | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art.” The Met’s Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History, Accessed 7 Dec. 2016.


Alternative Film Blog

The film that I focused on for this blog post is Wild, directed by Jean-Marc Vallée and released in 2014. This was a successful film as it received a 90% rating according to Rotten Tomato and a 7.1/10-star rating on IMDb.

I personally chose this film because it is one of my all-time favorite movies (of course the book is even better). I find it truly inspiring that this woman had the guts to go on this insanely long hike on the Pacific Crest Trail to find herself. I aspire to do something as daring as her one day. I also chose this film because I believe it was very well done.

The screenplay for this movie was written by Nick Hornby. Hornby went off of Cheryl Strayed’s memoir, Wild. I have also read the book and the screenplay that was written for this film is almost identical to the writing in the book. Hornby does a nice job portraying Cheryl as the independent, self-reliant, intelligent and vulgar woman that she is through his screenplay. For example, in the book Cheryl curses a lot and in the movie, she does as well. A common camera shot that is seen within this film are shots where it is zoomed out from Cheryl hiking and the landscape and other individuals can be seen. I enjoy these camera shots because you can see the main actor, Cheryl is interacting with others and the vast wilderness around her.

Throughout the film, Cheryl has several flashbacks to painful memories of her mother. The director uses an abrupt jump cut change to flash back to these memories. Sound overs are also used by the director to transition back in forth between new scenes and flashback memories.

An actor in this film that does not play the main character is W. Earl Brown who plays Frank. This actor contributed his talents by playing a farmer who appears to be a dangerous man that Cheryl shouldn’t be accepting a ride, dinner and a place to stay for the night on her hike. Cheryl then learns that Frank is harmless and is just another kind individual offering her help and support on her trek. W. Earl Brown plays this character flawlessly and it really contributes to the film and showing that you should not judge an individual by their appearance and people really aren’t all that bad most of the time, two important lessons Cheryl learns on her journey.

There are several characteristic sounds that are made in this movie that were created by Foley sounds. For example, there are several occurrences when you can hear the crunching of the ground beneath Cheryl’s feet as she’s hiking through different terrain (snow, leaves, dirt and rock). The original motion picture soundtrack for this movie is composed of twenty-seven different songs. These songs were not all created specifically for this film. For example, the song Red River valley, performed by Evan O’toole was a song that was written specifically for this film. An example of a song that was not written specifically for this film is Tougher Than the Rest, performed by Bruce Springsteen. This was also a song that was added to the film.

One of the settings in this film is of Cheryl throwing her boot off the face of mountain because her other one fell off and tumbled down the mountain. My reaction to this setting was a realization of how alone she actually was out in the wilderness and how alone she actually was. Several negative and traumatizing flashback memories can be seen in this setting as well. This was Cheryl’s breaking point in the film.

Throughout the film, Cheryl’s costumes and makeup depict her as being “beat up” from the hike. She is depicted as being dirty, bruised, scratched and messy. Her clothes are also baggy, torn and dirty. These details add to the film and making the viewer believe that this actress is truly on this long trek on the Pacific Crest Trail.


Works Cited

IMDb. “Wild (2014) – IMDb.”

IMDb. “Wild (2014) – Soundtracks – IMDb.”

Rotten Tomatoes. “Wild (2014) – Rotten Tomatoes.”

Environmental Art Exhibit

The theme that I chose to focus on for this blog is Environmental Arts during the Post-Modern Era. Environmental artists create pieces that are often in nature and focus on nature. This art also is created in a way that it will not last. This style of art breaks many of ideals set for the arts in the past. This type of art is focused on nature and the environmental problems that are happening. For this exhibit I choose to focus on three different artists and two works from each artist.

The first artist I focused on is Andy Goldsworthy. Andy Goldsworthy is a British Environmental Artist who has done works all around the world. His goal is to understand nature in the best way that he can. By working with nature and its natural processes this is how he accomplishes understanding it.

The first work I looked at by Goldsworthy was Sycamore leaves edging the roots of a sycamore tree created in Hampshire in 2013. By placing the sycamore leaves around the roots of the sycamore tree the tree trunk appears to be glowing. This work really emphasizes the beauty of nature, as it is subtle but brings out more of the beauty that nature has to offer.



The second work I looked at is known as Icicles Frozen to Icicles, created in Dumfriesshire, Scotland in 2010.  The piece was created and fell apart a few days later which is a great example to what Environmental Art is all about. Yet again, this is something so simple but something so beautiful that truly compliments natures beauty. One thing that I really enjoy about Andy Goldsworthy’s work is all of his art mixes well with nature, nothing is ever really popping out. He cooperates with nature to complement its beauty.


The second artist that I chose to focus on is Michael Grab. Michael Grab is an Environmental Artist whose work is focused on rock balancing, also known as Gravity Glue. Michael Grab first began this in Boulder, Colorado in 2008. He uses rock balancing as a way to meditate and relax.

The first piece I looked at by Grab was THE Leaf, created in Boulder, Colorado in Autumn of 2015. This rock balance, to me, depicts the balance between life and nature. The yellow colored leaf really stands out against the brown rocks and dark water. These rocks could be knocked down by any wrong move, proving that they too are not permanent.


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Grab’s second piece I looked at is titled, Asymmetry and was created in California in 2015. This arch hovering over the creek certainly has more stability than Grab’s other creation, THE Leaf but the amount of patience and time it took to create this must be unfathomable. Though this structure appears to be more stable, it too is not permeant.


The third artist that I focused on for this exhibit is Christ Jordan. Chris Jordan is an American artist who focuses on the waste created by America’s mass production. Christ Jordan accomplishes showing this through photography.

The first photograph that I chose to focus on was Plastic Bottles, captured in 2007. This photograph captures the two million bottles used by people in the United States every five minutes. This photograph brings a lot of emotion; it is difficult to fathom that this is the amount of waste (for one product) that is produced every five minutes. At first I had a difficult time telling what was in this photograph but as soon as I figured it out I was in shock.


Another emotionally-charged photograph created by Jordan is titled Recycling Yard #6, taken in Seattle in 2004. Jordan once again photographs waste created by the human population to allow the viewer to realize how wasteful we are. He truly brings reality into perspective with his photographs. Once again, this photo shocked me.




Works Cited

Grab, Michael. Gravity Glue, 2016, Accessed 10 Nov. 2016.

Grab, Michael. “Asymmetry – Gravity Glue.” Gravity Glue, 15 Oct. 2015, Accessed 10 Nov. 2016.

Grab, Michael. “THE Leaf – Gravity Glue.” Gravity Glue, 15 Nov. 2015, Accessed 10 Nov. 2016.

Grab, Michael. “The Art of Rock Balancing by Michael Grab «TwistedSifter.” TwistedSifter, 2 Jan. 2013, Accessed 9 Nov. 2016.

Green Museum. “WHAT IS ENVIRONMENTAL ART?” Environmental Art Museum, 2010, Accessed 9 Nov. 2016.

Guay, Abigail. “The Art of Waste: The Photography of Chris Jordan.” ARCADE | Dialogue on Design, 14 July 2014, Accessed 9 Nov. 2016.

Mok, Kimberley. “Top 5 Environmental Artists Shaking Up the Art World : TreeHugger.” TreeHugger, 18 Feb. 2009, Accessed 9 Nov. 2016.

Morning Earth. “Artist/Naturalist Andy Goldsworthy.” Morning Earth Connects & Celebrates Arts & Ecology, Accessed 10 Nov. 2016.

NPR. “Sculptor Turns Rain, Ice And Trees Into ‘Ephemeral Works’ : NPR.”, 8 Oct. 2015, Accessed 10 Nov. 2016.

Orr, Gillian. “Andy Goldsworthy’s Ephemeral Works: Artwork That is a Testament to Passing Time.” The Independent, 17 Oct. 2015, Accessed 9 Nov. 2016.

Art During the Great Depression

During the Great Depression in 1929-1939 several acts were put in place to create jobs for individuals. Some of these included the New Deal, which created jobs for the unemployed and the Works Progress Administration (WPA) which included the Federal Arts Committee(FAC) to employee artists. Other programs that employed artists included the Farm Security Administration (FSA).

During the Great Depression, the New Deal and the FAC. Artists such as Chester Don Powell were commissioned to create art for the federal government. Chester Don Powell was assigned by the National Parks Service to create promotional posters for certain National Parks. The one that I was particularly, interested in, created by Powell, is the one he created for Grand Canyon National Park. Grand Canyon National Park, a free government service was created in 1938 and depicts a scene from the canyon and Colorado river.


This poster of the Grand Canyon is pretty simple, yet it captures the beauty of the canyon quite well. Chester Don Powell uses several colors to enhance the layering that the Grand Canyon is known for.

During the Great Depression, the FSA commissioned photographers to photograph the life of Americans from 1935-1944. This collection included a famous work by Dorothea Lange. Lange documented the lives of famers, unemployed men and migrant workers during the Great Depression. One of her most famous photographs, Migrant Mother was taken in March of 1936. This photo depicts a mother in distress with her hungry children leaning on her and an infant on her lap.



This photo captures the hardship farmers faced during the Great Depression. Especially for this mother of seven who is clearly in despair, covered in rag clothes and caked in dust and dirt from the drought. The children are also in despair, clinging to their mother for protection and reassurance, clearly afraid of what is to come next. This photograph also shows great detail, from the dust and dirt caked to everyone’s skin to being able to see individual strands of hair and detail in the clothing.

Though the Great Depression was a very difficult time for the American nation, light can be found in songs such as Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries by Rudy Vallée. This song was released in 1931.

This song has an upbeat tune and encourages people to not take life too seriously and that these hard times will pass. My favorite lyrics in this tune are “Life is just a bowl of cherries, so live and laugh at it all. Life is just a bowl of cherries. Don’t take it serious; it’s too mysterious.” This song could be applied to life today as well.

Works Cited Editors. “Dorothea Lange.” 2 Apr. 2014,

Library of Congress. “Destitute pea pickers in California. Mother of seven children. Age thirty-two. Nipomo, California.”

—. “Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Black-and-White Negatives – About this Collection – Prints & Photographs Online Catalog (Library of Congress).”

Post Editors. “WPA Poster Project: Promoting Our Parks | The Saturday Evening Post.” Mar. 2016,

RReady555. “”Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries” (Rudy Vallee, 1931).” 17 Nov. 2008,

Songfacts. “Life Is Just A Bowl Of Cherries by Rudy Vallée Songfacts.”


Impressionism Opinion Blog

After looking at several examples of impressionistic art pieces I decided that I like Impressionistic art for the most part. I really enjoy the impressionist pieces that are of nature.  Three works especially appealed to me.

One of these works is Mont Sainte-Victoire, created by Paul Cézanne in his studio in France in 1902-1904. I enjoyed this piece because every time I looked at it I noticed something new about the painting. Though this type of style seems to be scattered, blocky and blurry there are a great amount of details to it. It allows the viewer to make their own interpretation.


The other impressionistic piece that I was drawn to is Impression, sunrise, created by Claude Monet in 1873 at La Havre. This piece is not only a big deal because it was a shock to the art world of a new style but I also really liked how peaceful it is. It really emphasizes nature’s beauty with as little detail as possible.


I decided to compare impressionistic art with realism art. More specifically Mont Sainte-Victoire with Gustave Courbet realistic painting, The Meeting or, Bonjour Monsieur Courbet, created in 1854 in Montpellier, France and finished in Ornanas, France.


The first difference that I noted between these two paintings is that Paul Cézanne’s work Mont Sainte-Victoire is focused on nature whereas Gustave Courbet’s painting is focused on human interaction. I also noticed how detail varies amongst these two works. Mont Sainte-Victorie has minimal detail where The Meeting has a great amount of detail but it is important to note that the detail in this work is focused on the people interacting with one another. Realism focuses on everyday things occurring in society whereas impressionism focuses on modernity from the creator’s view.

Works Cited:

“Exhibitions – Cézanne and Beyond.” Philadelphia Museum of Art, Accessed 16 Oct. 2016.

Gersh-Nesic, Bath. “Impressionism: A Basic Overview.” Education, 19 Sept. 2016, Accessed 17 Oct. 2016.

“Impression Sunrise by Claude Monet.” Claude Monet – Paintings, Biography, Quotes of Claude Monet, Accessed 17 Oct. 2016.

“The Meeting, 1853.” Gustave Courbet – Paintings, Biography of Gustave Courbet, Accessed 18 Oct. 2016.

“Realism Movement, Artists and Major Works.” The Art Story, Accessed 17 Oct. 2016.

Rteacha’s channel. “Impressionism Crash Course.” YouTube, 27 Nov. 2007, Accessed 16 Oct. 2016.

How Scientific Discoveries Influenced the Arts During the Classical Era


Much of the change that occurred in the arts during the Classical period occurred due to the advancements in science and scientific discovery.  Scientific discovery inspired a form of art in the classical era known as Neoclassical art as well as new innovations such as the piano. The discovery of Roman ruins and Pompeii inspired Neoclassical art which focused on moral virtue, patriotic self-sacrifice, goodly deeds and Roman ideals. The characteristics of Neoclassical art include pieces being somber and linear.

Jaques-Louis David created The Oath of the Horatii in 1784 in Rome. This image depicts “the 7th century BC, to put an end to the bloody war between Rome and Alba, both cities designated champions: the former chose the Horatii, the latter the Curiatii.” (Louvre Museum). David created this art piece in Rome for more inspiration and completed it in 1785. The Oath of the Horatii is an excellent example of Neoclassical style. The piece is linear and has somber colors and emotion. The piece also focused on Roman ideals and self-sacrifice.

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While observing this piece I enjoyed the linear architecture featured in it. The linear floor tiles and arches center the individuals in the painting nicely, especially Horatii who is centered by the middle arch. The arches and floor tiles also give the painting more depth, making the room seem huge. I also noticed the women in the background crying in their somber-colored tunics, adding more emotion to the painting.

All of the scientific discoveries that occurred in the classical era also lead to the innovation of new instruments. The piano was created in 1709 in Italy and was a production of individuals evolving different string instruments to create an instrument that had “hammers” to hit the strings instead of someone having to pluck or strum them. The invention of the piano lead to composers being able to create great works such as Für Elise which was composed by Ludwig van Beethoven around 1810 in his home in Munich, Germany but wasn’t published until after his death. Für Elise displays the style of music seen in the Classical Era. The beginning of the piece has a main melody then it goes into a creative exploration of a major scale and finishes by going back to the main melody.


As I was listening to this melody it was very easy for me to find where Beethoven followed the classical model of the Classical Era.The beginning of the song (0:00-0:49) contains the main melody at 0:49 he then goes into a creative exploration and ends the melody from 2:00-2:25 with the main melody. I have always enjoyed this piece of music, it is very eloquent and interesting to listen to.

The Classical Era also had explorations via ship voyages for scientific discovery. The most famous of these voyages was that of James Cook’s. James Cook also had an artist, John Webber, who accompanied him on his voyage.  John Webber created several pieces that gave insight to this scientific exploration of different parts of the world. One of his famous pieces known as Kealakekua Bay and the Village Kowroaa was painted in 1779 during James Cook’s voyage. This piece depicts the landscape and village of Kealakekua Bay in Hawaii. Due to James Cook having John Webber accompanying him on his voyage, Webber was able to create pieces that created a story of the scientific voyage and all of the different places they visited and all of the different people, animals and things that they encountered. The style of Webber’s painting leans more towards a Neoclassical  style, as this painting features somber colors and was painted during the Neoclassical period.


I could automatically recognize that this painting was of Hawaii when I first saw it. The landscape depicts tall cliffs, palm trees and ocean which are typical features in Hawaii. This painting focus seems to be on the large cliffs up ahead. I can only imagine how phenomenal it would be to experience a foreign land with sheer cliffs above the ocean for the first time.


Works cited:

Beethoven, Ludwig V. “Für Elise (Piano Version).” YouTube, 16 Mar. 2008, Accessed 6 Oct. 2016.

For Elise. “Für Elise Bagatelle in A minor WoO 59.” For Elise, Accessed 6 Oct. 2016.

Gagliano, Rico. “The Mystery Behind Beethoven’s Famous Piece, ‘Für Elise’.” The Dinner Party Download, 1 May 2015, Accessed 8 Oct. 2016.

Gontar, Cybele. “Neoclassicism.” In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000–. (October 2003)

Green, Aaron. “”Fur Elise” by Ludwig Van Beethoven.” Entertainment, Accessed 6 Oct. 2016.

Kljaich, Lisa. “Classical Music.” ARTMUSTHR F200. N.p.,24 Apr. 2009. Web. 08 Oct. 2016.

Kljaich, Lisa. “Visual Arts in the Classical Era.” ARTMUSTHR F200. N.p., 24 Apr. 2009. Web. 08 Oct. 2016.

Lerouge, Ophélie. “The Oath of the Horatii Louvre Museum Paris.” The Louvre, Accessed 5 Oct. 2016.

McCoy, Dr. Claire. “David, Oath of the Horatii | Neo-Classicism |Khan Academy.” Khan Academy, Accessed 6 Oct. 2016.

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. “Topic: Biography of John Webber | Collections Online – Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.” Welcome | Collections Online – Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Accessed 6 Oct. 2016.

National Endowment for the Humanities. “Neoclassicism and America 1750-1900 Discovering the Classical Past.” Accessed 5 Oct. 2016.

PianoNet. “History of the Piano | Pianonet.” Your Comprehensive Guide to Everything About Pianos | Pianonet, Accessed 5 Oct. 2016.

Webber, John. “Kealakekua Bay and the Village Kowroaa.” Painting . Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, Hawaii. wikipedia, 1779,,_1779,_ink,_ink_wash_and_watercolor.jpg. Accessed 6 Oct. 2016.

Baroque Blog

For this second blog post on the Baroque Era I decided to focus on a sketch from the early Baroque Era done by Lodovico Cigoli. The piece is titled Lucifer and was created around 1590 in Florence Italy.



Cigoli was part of the artist reformation movement and this sketch was his way of speaking out against The Council of Trent. In an article that I found on Ebscohost titled, “What was Truth? Lodovico Cigoli and Conflicting Truth Claims around 1600.” By Jasmin Mersmann claimed “His (Lodovico Cigoli) work thus negotiates the conflicting truth claims raised by theologians, historiographers, philologists, natural scientists, art theorists, commissioners, and believers.” (Mersmann). Mersmann was referring to the Council of Trent and the Counter-Reformation which occurred during this period.  According to Joe Carter on “The Council of Trent was the most important movement of the Catholic Counter-Reformation, the Catholic Church’s first significant reply to the growing Protestants Reformation.”. In my last blog post on The Last Judgment (a highly disputed piece during the Renaissance) I focused on the Reformation. Both the Council of Trent and the Reformation relate to each other as The Council of Trent was a reaction to the Reformation.

Initially I found this piece of art to be particularly unsettling. As you can see Lucifer is consuming individuals who then seem to be trapped in a sphere after they are consumed. This piece of art uses great detail and dark lighting which is appropriate for the topic it is aiming to depict.



Works Cited:

Kelly, Cassidy M. “The Last Judgement.” Cassidymkelly Blog. N.p., 17 Sept. 2016. Web. 26 Sept. 2016. <;.

Mersmann, Jasmin. “What Was Truth? Lodovico Cigoli and Conflicting Truth Claims around 1600.” Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, Mar. 2016. Web. 26 Sept. 2016. <;.

Carter, Joe. “9 Things You Should Know About the Council of Trent.” TGC. N.p., 05 Dec. 2013. Web. 26 Sept. 2016.

The Last Judgement

The visual piece of art I decided to focus on for this blog post is Michelangelo’s painting, The Last Judgment. This piece was created in the Sistine Chapel between 1536 and 1541.  Michelangelo was asked by Pope Paul III to complete this painting.


This masterpiece was one of the best known creations during the Italian Renaissance.  At this same point when Michelangelo was creating this work, Italy as well as England were in religious turmoil. The Protestant Reformation was occurring in England and the Counter-Reformation was occurring in Italy.  Change to religious ideas as a result of the reformations was clearly a huge influence during this time. It was also an influence to this painting.  I read on Vatican Museums website that “The Last Judgement also caused violent reactions among the contemporaries.”. During this time of change due to the reformation individuals had a challenging time accepting different forms of art.  Michelangelo originally painted many figures in this piece without any clothing. It was found “inappropriate” by the church and individuals.  It was later covered up by a pupil of Michelangelo.

I found this specific piece of art to be pretty interesting. I really enjoy looking at all of the different things that are occurring throughout this painting, it is telling quite a complex story without having to utter a word. This painting also appealed to me because I like all the details and colors it contains. Every time you look at it you notice something different that you hadn’t noticed before.  There are so many individuals in this painting and they all have their own unique features and actions.  It really makes the painting come to life.  For example, on the bottom of the painting you can find the resurrection of the dead occurring.  This is a good example to show how detailed everything in the panting is.







Works cited:

Finnan, Vincent. “Last Judgement, Michelangelo’s Sistine Masterpiece.” Italian Renaissance N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Sept. 2016.

Museums, Vatican. “The Last Judgement.The Last Judgement. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Sept. 2016.

The Last Judgement.” The Last Judgement. Sistine Chapel, n.d. Web. 17 Sept. 2016.

My first blog post

Hello everyone, my name is Cassidy Kelly.  I am originally from Flagstaff, Arizona but now I am a sophomore at University of Alaska Fairbanks.  I am currently working towards a major in Psychology and a minor in Marine Science.  I am also on the women’s swim team at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.  While I’m not in the pool, working, or in class I really enjoy being outdoors, hiking, camping and, doing other activities.

I have never really been too involved in the arts.  I was never very good at drawing, playing instruments, or creating things.  I’ve always been more athletic.  However, I really do enjoy and appreciate all types of art and the people who have the incredible talent of creating it.  I do not, unfortunately, have too much experience viewing any art as an audience member.  I have been to one concert in my life and a few high school plays but that’s about it.  I do however, enjoy listening to music any chance I can get and watching movies.

Here’s a link to art that I really enjoy looking at.  Like I mentioned, I am incredibly impressed by those who can create such beautiful things. I really enjoy this individuals art because all of their pieces are Alaskan themed.

Here’s a photo of me at Antelope Canyon in my home state, Arizona.