Polyphemus and Galatea in a Landscape (Museum) Art-Prehistory to Middle Ages

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Jefferson Saldana Pardo Final Paper (Museum) Art-Prehistory to Middle Ages 12/08/12 Polyphemus and Galatea in a Landscape, which is a Roman wall painting, that was created in the late 1st century and came from the Mythological Room of the Imperial Villa at Boscotrecase. Its medium is a fresco whose mythological story is about the life of a Cyclopes Polyphemus and his beloved Galatea. Without question, this spectacular piece is one of the most interesting and complex. Immediately as you approach the painting and concentrate, you feel a dark, mysterious mood, which is like a distortion of reality. What I enjoyed the most from this painting is its great size as well as its variety of objects and figures, which open your mind and allow you to use your imagination. This painting also caught my attention because it is painted in a wall, that has some crack and bumps, which gives you a scary sensation and creates a tense environment. I considered it very interesting because as you get closer to the picture, you find more details that amazes you and adds to your eagerness of knowing the message and the behind it. The message delivered by this painting is very complex, which can be understood in different way, depending on the point of view and perspective. The colors being used are all dark colors, especially green and dark blue that creates a cold, dark, gloomy, negative which work very well in the world of mythology or an unreal world. The painting begins with brighter and stronger colors that attract attention because at first the color is at its strongest brighter value, however as you observe in detail, the colors are getting darker and mixing together, losing its tone, which is used to create the effect where objects appear to be far away . The use of light is also well utilized in this painting because it highlights the front of the painting and calls

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