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.