Tour of the Harn Museum of Art jOHN KOCENKO

Medium of the Art / Technique of the Artist

Standing next to the "St. Anthony of Padua retablo."
I found the St. Anthony of Padua retablo of particular interest because of the unique medium the artist used to create the artwork. The painting of the Catholic saint is actually on a thin square cutout of tin. It's unique because typically artists use paper or cloth canvases. I also think that the tin is a testament to the resilience of Christianity or more generally, religion. Metals are tougher and more durable than paper or cloth.

Design of the Museum

I'm not sure exactly what it was, but I found this particular room to be especially appealing. Perhaps it was the minimalist nature of the area. Perhaps it was the juxtaposition of darkness in the center of the room with the well lit white walls displaying the artwork. Perhaps it was the single theme running through the artwork of room, each acting as another window into the industrious hustle and bustle of busy city life. Whatever it was, the space left me a certain feeling of fascination.

Art and Core Values

Standing next to "Seated Buddha".
In my eyes, this statue of the Buddha represents the core value of Intellectual Growth. The unwavering and utterly focused presence of the statue depicts serenity and introspection, both of which are requisite for intellectual growth.

Art and the Good Life

Standing next to "Overlook Mountain, Woodstock, New York".
This painting depicts the Good Life theme of nature. The sprawling mountains and the orange/red hues of the trees depict the majesty of nature. It reinforces our responsibility to maintain this world for the rest of its inhabitants and the many generations that will follow this one.

Sources

St. Anthony of Padua retablo

Seated Buddha

Overlook Mountain, Woodstock, New York

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