The Harn A place of Wonder

Piranesi, Giovanni. La Piramide Cestia. 1700s. The Harn Museum. The University of Florida

This painting by Giovanni Battista Piranesi depicts a pyramid intruding out of a fortified wall in Italy. We can see how nature is taking back the land by seeing the trees, bushes, and other vegetation growing on-top of and on the side of the buildings. We see two groups of humans doing different activities. On the left side, they are just causally talking to each other and this side looks like it is less eroded by nature: more civilized. On the right side, the side the nature has taken more back, they are climbing up the soil and looks like they have practically no clothing on. Seeing it in person helped see the beauty of nature by easily identifying the color difference in the picture. Online, the shades of black blend together and you can miss small details that you can see on person. It made me appreciate the detail of combining nature with civilization in such a nice flow. In person, the flow of civilization is turning back to nature is easily seen and does not just happen all at once from civilization to nature. Online, it seems like the opposite, like there is a cutoff in-between the two aspects of the painting. The technique I found most interesting is how he combined nature in with civilization. It is nice to admire the details he put into the painting to make beautiful and striking to the eye of the viewer. This painting communicated that nature in the end will always conquer civilization and that we need to better protect our planet. This painting made me feel amazed and made me want to stare at it for hours. It made me want to take action to help preserve our planet.

Piranesi, Giovanni. Veduta della Piazza di Monte Cavallo. 1750. Etching. The Harn Museum.The University of Florida.

My favorite wing or exhibit in the museum was the "Meant to be Shared" which is located to the right side of the museum. This area is set up a the figure eight, with the corners taken out for walking space. Therefore, if you stand in the middle of the space in a figure 8, you can look any direction and see beautiful artwork. I like this aspect because it looks like there is more artwork to see and you do not have to walk a couple of steps to see the next artwork piece like some other parts of the museum. Also, this part had tons of artwork pieces per wall and every piece was unique and interesting. It drawled you in and didn't let you leave until you examined every piece in detail. I loved almost all the pieces in this section because most they depicted older civilizations which I enjoy very much. The lighting in this area was bright which allowed me to see the details of the pictures clearly. Also, they provided magnifying glasses to the viewer so they can see the tiny details in each artwork and provided a map of the artwork so I could see what each piece was named and sometimes provided some background information. This exhibit made me feel like a child in Disney World. I love this kind of artwork and it makes me want to be in that time period.

Herzog, Herman. Scene on Snake Key, Gulf Coast. 1986-1910. Oil on canvas. The Harn Museum. The university of Florida.

The artwork the appeals the most to me is the Scene of Snake Key by Herman Herzog. The artwork depicts a Floridian coast with its palm trees swaying and looks like there is a gulf in the background. There are dark clouds in the background indicating that it is likely that there will be thunderstorms soon and below the clouds is heavy vegetation. The focus of the artwork is the human who I think is a young boy and his dog. This artwork appeals to my core values of adventure and love. This artwork helps me feel this by being out on the beach with no shoes on and the boy looks like he is having no worries. The boy looks like he doesn't really care about the thunderstorm rolling in because he does not seem t be in a hurry; I can tell this because he has his hands in his pocket and looks like he is casually walking. It helps me better understand my values by that I should worry about less about my past and look toward the future with love in my heart. Being that the thunderstorm in the background being negative events that happen and that they are walking away from it. Also, love is conveyed by seeing the dog with his tail up staying with the boy because of a strong bond between each other. This artwork instilled on me calmness and happiness. It helps me better understand what I believe in by seeing this boy not caring about what behind him makes me not want to care the negative things that happen in my past.

Stella, Frank. Zandvoort. 1981. The Harn Museum. University of Florida

This artwork is abstract, it has many part and shapes. It also has many different colors and patterns on it that makes it looks complicate but delightful to look at. This abstract design evokes the good life for me. It shows that you can take any path and be anyone and be able to reach the good life. Also, that there are may parts in reaching the good life like the many part of this artwork and that we need them all to reach the good life like how this paintings looks amazing with every piece. If a piece was missing than this artwork would look less fulfilled and a little less of the wow factor.The good life theme depicted is that you can be anyone you want to be and be beautiful and be able to reach the good life. It communicates this by the artwork's name "American Abstraction" and its shape. the name reminds me of the American dream that you can be anybody in this world and be able to succeed and reach the good life. This makes me better understand that we need every part f ourselves to be healthy and working together efficiently to be the person we want to be, a complete whole.

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