Good Life Tour of the Harn Museum of Art Ryan Diaz

Medium of art/ Technique of the artist

“Uma-Mahesvera.“ 10th century. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville.

The "Uma-Mahesvera" depicts the Hindu God Shiva and his consort Uma in a loving position, surrounded by fervent followers who give the embrace a majestic look. The many characters included in this piece take various positions in relation to Shiva offering an important clue to his importance only viewable in person. According to the information given, the condition of the piece indicates that it was featured outside of a temple, offering an interesting medium for the artist to work within as it communicates a feeling of homage to the Hindu God Shiva. Similarly, the artwork elicits a feeling of deep respect that is expected of a god.

Design of the Museum

The Asian Art wing of the museum offers an in-depth view of art from different Asian cultures and brilliantly separates the art by country of origin. Much of the art is centered on religious figures and finding tranquility.A separate room is set aside for Korean art where visitors can view the distinct features of Korean art highlighted through lighting schemes that guide the eyes. To cap it off, the Asian Art wing includes a beautifully laid out garden space with a variety of flora and peaceful waterfalls. The garden conveys a message of peace to visitors, like myself, who are overcome with a feeling of tranquility due to the calm running waters and vivid aroma.

Art and Core Values

Purser, Stuart. Funeral. 1945. Oil on canvas. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville.

The painting "funeral" by Stuart Purser depicts a scene of a funeral from the viewpoint of a bystander that is meant to represent a universal event in all forms of life. The artwork embodies a sense of respect only felt during a funeral. Funerals are events that every family has to endure and they also correspond with my greatest fears. The root of my fear does not stem from the funeral itself, but the fear of losing a loved one, as I have always put my family first. This painting instills sorrow in me, however, it helps me realize that death is inevitable and that we all must accept what is to come of our loved ones. The funeral depicted also helps me cope with my fear of death itself as it depicts the loved ones of the fallen person aiding in his transition to another life. The grief expressed through the bystanders ensures that no one is ever truly forgotten as they live through the memories and experiences shared with those closest to them.

Art and the Good Life

Salgado, Sebastião. Cast of thousands, Serra Pelada, Brazil. 1986. Gelatin silver print. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville.

The "Cast of thousands, Serra Pelada, Brazil" depics a common theme seen around the world. Unsafe working conditions plaque many developing countries as the need for cheap labor has come to outweigh the importance of safety. Examination of the piece allows viewers to see the dangerous ladders, steep falls, and overpopulated work areas that all together seems like an accident waiting to happen. The theme conveyed leads people to feel bad for the workers and want to help their condition much like the fight to improve the conditions of overseas workers today. Seeing the the working conditions these men were forced to face leads me to appreciate life I live burden free of these condtions. Also, it helps me understand the importance of workers rights and human rights in general, as the life of a person should never be less important than a final product.


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