Have Institute of Fine Arts” by Richard Verdi is

Have
you ever been to an art museum? Well, you should visit your local art museums
around your neighborhood.  Visiting one
can make you realize what have I been doing all this time.  I know some museums can be a little doll but
trust me it gets very interesting very quickly you will be amazed at what they
have leaving you speechless.  You would
be amazed on how they are, thinking in your mind that they are not nice or
anything but they are much better and very nice looks almost like the artist
just painted it.  One particular museum I
would say you should go visit is the Norton Simon Museum located in Pasadena.  They have amazing paintings and sculptures
all from the Europe and America art from 15 century to the 20 century.  In my visit, most of the paintings I saw were
European they were a lot of self-portraits of artists and a lot of religious
paintings.  For example, I saw The Virgin
Mary painted by two different artists one was Francisco de Zurbaran and the
other Luca Giordano, they both look very nice and amazing.  Out of the painting in the art museum, one
painting stood out more for me because that was the first one that my eyes
first saw right away.  In Christ Crowned with Thorns(1633-1639),
Matthias Stom uses the color contrast and give a warm glow to the painting,
shape, and line. Stom imposed a stillness on this harrowing scene by reducing
details, including a specific setting, and showing the half-length figures
close-up.

The artist Matthias Stom was born around
1600.  In the story, “The Barber
Institute of Fine Arts” by Richard Verdi is about little short stories of
artists like Matthias Stom.  Richard
Verdi said, “This can be deduced from the earliest mention of his name in a
document, namely in the 1630 Status Animarum of
the parish of San Nicola in Arcione in Rome, where he is referred to as ‘Matheo
Stom.”1 His
family had already had a reputation for their name because there were also
artists in his family.  In 1632, he moved
from Rome to Naples, later traveling on to Sicily, where he possibly spent the
rest of his life there.  He painted not
only monumental biblical scenes and more worldly subjects. George and Ilone
Kremer say,

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That he was considered a leading artist is
aptly demonstrated by the fact that Don Antonio Ruffo, Duke of Messina,
purchased several of his pictures in the years 1646-49.   Ruffo is probably best known as a patron of
Rembrandt, who painted his Aristotle, Homer and Alexander for him in the 1650s
and 60s.3.  Stom’s style is easily recognizable.

 He had a predilection for well-nigh
dramatic contrasts of light and shade, for candlelight, for the colors red and
yellow and for vivid gestures and expressions. 
His heads are extraordinarily lively and often have a personal, even
portrait-like quality.  This expressivity
is underlined in the combination of wrinkled, furrowed features and striking
chiaroscuro.

I
agree with their saying because I personality saw one of the pictures in the museum
and see the plate with the description on Stone.  You can also read the story more about stone describes
more about him its very interesting book. In the story, by Richard Verdi said,
“These features can all be found in Woman counting coins by
candlelight.  The candle in
the foreground, with its rather oversized flame, is the only source of light in
otherwise completely dark surroundings.  The
full result of this lighting can be seen in the fingers of her right cheek and
her right hand, both made more or less unseen by the cast shadows.”2 He uses
this style also in his artwork “Christ Crowned with Thorns” by using the candle
of the painting and using high contrasts of light and shade.

I would like to share you another person
opinion about the art piece, ruby’s response to the art piece of Christ Crowned
with Thorns she says,

Matthias Stom Christ Crowned with Thorns was
made in 1633-39 the medium was oil on canvas is a two-dimensional painting
where you can see Christ in a leaning sitting position, his arms bound
together, his body draped in a red cloth and a crown made of thorns on his head
with blood dripping down the side of his face. 
His face is filled with sadness and sorrow while the soldiers mock and
humiliate him calling him “King of the Jews”. 
The soldier wearing a red robe seems to be taunting Christ, using a
wooden stick and pointing it at him in a teasing manner.  The man standing behind Christ has his hand
resting on his left shoulder while leaning into him with an angry
expression.  The soldier in black
clothing has his hand out to him as if questioning him.  Overall, the posture of the figures creates
diagonal balance because of the way their bodies lean in towards the center of
the painting creating an invisible a diagonal line that the eyes perceive.  In the painting, the candle that is held out
by one of the soldiers illuminates the dark background as well as emphasizing
the facial

expressions of each soldier.

I
agree on the response from ruby saying about the painting because I went to see
it in person and you can see the candle intensifies Christ the most since it is
directly in front of him giving the viewer a better view of his facial
expression and body posture. Other fact you can almost see in the art piece is
the candle can make the observers think that the art piece has a light of its
own, it’s about looking true-to-life kind of and you could see three-dimensional,
it gives the person that see the painting the delusion of finding themselves in
that horrific darkness passage with the soldiers and Christ kind of making a
deep connection with the art piece.  In
the story, “The Crown of Thorns” by Gerald Davies is about insights revealed to
him about the symbolism and purpose of the crown of thorns Christ wore during his
passion.  Discover this exceptional,
life-changing truth, that has brought revelation to many of its hearers.  Gerald Davies says, “The company of soldiers
proceeded to strip Christ’ clothes from him and hastily covered him with a
scarlet robe. “He is a King,” they mocked, “so let’s dress Him like a king.”
Then they twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on His Head.”3 This can
relate to the painting very much because you can see in the painting “Christ
Crowned with Thorns” that the soldiers are mocking Christ as King of the Jews
you could also see the rough cloth rather than a fine robe.

            In conclusion, going to art museums
and learning about a particular art piece really help me like art better than I
have and understand it better.  I learned
and saw many great art works in the Norton Simon Museum located in Pasadena
such as Saint Joseph and the Infant Christ the artist is Giovanni Battista
Gaulli another art is Saint Francis in Prayer artist name is Francisco
Zubaran.  All the paintings were very
interesting and very amazing and beautiful looking in person than a picture on
your phone or computer.  You could see
cracks in the painting and see brush details on them as well.  The one that I first glance it was the “Chirst
crowned with Thorns” very beautiful painting the one thing that stands out was the
single candle lighting the whole painting creating strong contrasts of light
and dark.

1
This
can be deduced from the earliest mention of his name in a document, namely in
the 1630 Status Animarum of the parish of San Nicola in
Arcione in Rome, where he is referred to as ‘Matheo Stom.

2
These
features can all be found in Woman counting coins by
candlelight.  The candle in
the foreground, with its rather oversized flame, is the only source of light in
otherwise completely dark surroundings.  The
full effect of this illumination can be seen in the fingers of her right hand
and her right cheek, both made more or less invisible by the cast shadows

3
The company of
soldiers proceeded to strip Jesus’ clothes from him and hastily covered him
with a scarlet robe. “He is a King,” they mocked, “so let’s dress Him like a
king.” Then they twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on His Head.

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