Thursday, October 25, 2012

The Abduction of Europa

The Abduction of Europa by Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn

This 2D work painted in 1632 has primary, secondary and tertiary colors along with complementary colors. It is in balance with the rule of thirds, has diagonal lines implying movement in the woman on top of a cow in the water and the woman with the blue dress. There is implied light by the shading on the women's dresses, the horses and by the shades of their bodies. It looks like the woman on top of the cow is running away. By the way they are all dressed and the golden cart in the back it seems like they have a lot of money. There is a lot of emotion going on. By the way the lady in red is holding her hands together it seems like she is worried. And by the face expressions of the man and the woman close to the horses it looks like they are worried too. No one is trying to stop her so I believe they are all there to say good bye. The lady in blue with her opened mouth and the way her arms are raised it looks as if she is saying "GO".

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