This exhibit was at the VMFA, and we went as a class to connect it to the information being taught in the Global Studies units. I was amazed at how much was there. I felt afterwards that I probably could have stayed all day and still not completely felt like I had effectively seen everything in it. I was really drawn to the clothing. The pieces had so much detail and the embroidery was spectacular. I also found it interesting that they set up the robes with the picture or painting that matched. This also made we wonder about what some of the "lesser" art would have looked like at the time. These were the pieces for royalty and the best of the best. I wonder if common art from that time periods followed the same ideas and influence or if it was completely different. I was really curious about some of the pieces in the way they were painted. The faces and bodies were extremely realistic yet the rest of the architecture and scenery was extremely flat. I wonder why artists chose to paint in this way, or what influenced them to paint like this. I loved how opposite the pieces were. Everything was either small and tight and compact, or it was grand and expansive. I think this could influence my decisions when it comes to composition and the impact that size can have on the meaning or message you want to portray.
Charlotte Wilmouth, born and raised in Richmond, VA. This site is for my work and things which inspire me to try something new. This is a blog for my art.