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Most beautiful work of Art- or maybe not?

Asked by msh (4262points) November 4th, 2015 from iPhone

In the World of Art, and accessible to the public for viewing, what famously known professional artwork (painting, scetching, sculpture, or other artistic mediums) have you seen, yourself, that has impressed you the most? Or did the most famous artwork leave you unmoved when you have seen it?
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elbanditoroso's avatar

Art is one of the most subjective things in the world – and visual art, like music, architecture, and literature, is thoroughly dependent on the person viewing (or hearing) the art.

For example, I like modern art and architecture, and can’t stand impressionism and rococo and other styles of the 1700s. I’m not wrong for my tastes, and you’re not for yours.

The bottom line is that there is no such thing as ‘most beautiful work of art’, because it’s all subjective.

zenvelo's avatar

Most overwhelming the first time I saw it: one of Van Gogh’s Sunflowers. at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. The intensity of the colors was amazing, I was dumbfounded.

Most disappointing: Mona Lisa. The piece is amazing, but it is like a prisoner on exhibit and no way to look at it closely.

msh's avatar

@zenvelo !
@zenvelo
Oh- beautiful.
Are the works of the Artist Henri de Toulous-Latrec still exhibited there also? So much better to see their works in this building. It’s perfect. And the perfect light.
I love the new belief that Van Gogh did not kill himself. He was doing well until some teens met up with him on his way home from painting. They couldn’t just leave him alone.
Mona Lisa is so tiny! And yet, she’s so serene. With ten bazillion people trying to see her at once. He carried her around with him in his travels. I think he loved the painting more than anyone else.
With people who take a mallet to La Pieta, or trip with pop cans, or slit paintings with knives, or knock statues over like it’s a game of rugby, hundreds of years of Art, all damaged by stupid, clumsy, unhinged, or jealous artists…. before the attacks worthy of a circus, you could be right next to some of the best in museums everywhere. It was surreal.
The funniest? When looking at The Night Watch by Rembrandt in the Rijksmuseum! There’s a huge carpeted area in front of this massive work. You probably saw it. Two guards were usually stationed on either side of it. After WWII, and so many artworks in jeopardy from Hitler, or bombings, they created a vault for this beauty, in the floor along the front of the painting. If threatened, the sensors that would be triggered will go off. The painting gets automatically moved forward out from the wall, and goes down to slip into a safety vault for protection. It was open-spaced around the painting once, no roped off area. Just the huge rug- sedate enough as to not to take away from that beauty on the wall, however. You should see the guard’s expressions if /when a foot was placed anywhere on that carpet. Wow! :) Makes me giggle still today.
Thank you so much for sharing, you just brought wonderful back for me. A bit wordy, however. My apologies. I so love that you saw them all! Good for you!!! You made my day.

hearkat's avatar

I saw Vermeer’s ‘The Milkmaid’ as part of a special exhibit in New York. It was so riveting – all the minute details, the light and the shading. I wanted to spend hours studying it, but there were so many people there. I wonder if the theory in the movie “Tim’s Vermeer” is accurate, because his works are so realistic it is uncanny.

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@hearkat
Ohhhh- how wonderful! I bet it was stunning. Wow. Lucky, lucky you! How beautiful. :)

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