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Art: The Concert by Johannes Vermeer

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The Concert was painted by Johannes Vermeer in 1664 and was stolen in 1990. The painting features a harpsichord, singing and other pictures. Items are thrown around in the foreground in a haphazard manner. These items include jugs, carpet, mirrors and other items. The impression appears to be a casual meeting within a manor or home familiar to the author.  The meaning seems obscure and many don’t understand what message the painter is trying to portray. There are some hints with the paintings on the wall. Many have come to the conclusion that the author is trying to discuss harmony but hinting at something improper by nature. A special time and a special place with each member focused squarely on the process of music production.  It is also possible to see a lute and violin by the table indicating that this room may be one for music only. The people within the painting are completely unaware they are being observed indicating that they are true musical lovers. The room ap

Painting: Tobit Accusing Anna of Stealing the Kid

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The subject of the painting was taken from the Apocryphal Book of Tobit. Tobit was a wealthy and strict adherent to Mosaic Law. He lost all of his money and was blinded by an accident. The wife went to work sewing and washing to support the family. She brought home a kid goat and Tobit accused her of stealing it. She chastised him for his self-righteousness and frees him from his limited thinking. Later their fortunes are restored by the efforts of their son and his eyes fixed from blindness from fish entrails. The painting helps us think about how even from the lowest depths man’s lot can change. It is difficult for us to judge others with any real sense of accuracy. To do so requires the ability to weigh and balance all of the possible reasons and justifications. Unfortunately, many of us make the fatal mistake of using self-righteousness to make ourselves look better than and more moral than others. In this case, freeing himself from his narrow thinking also freed him to i

Night Market by Johan Culverhouse

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Johann Mengels Culverhouse (1820-1895) was born in Rotterdam and was known as the “candlelight painter” for his night time paintings. He traveled to Europe and other places while engaging in his artwork. The experiences he gained contributed to his artistic viewpoint and keen perception.   Even though he painted for the American audience his style and experience leaked his European style.   Not much is known about him other than he sold a number of paintings and died in the 1890’s. Night markets were customarily less formal than day markets. Many of the participants leisurely walked around, ate food, and had long conversations browsing the area. The scene is set in a European style town with the moon light in the sky and a large church in the background. The buildings are stone and a few lights from the local apartments are apparent. It is a chilly evening with the ladies wearing traditional garb and many of the men in full beards.   This is a makeshift market set up quickly

The History of "Three Ships in a Gale" 1673

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Three Ships in a Gale 1673 Willem van de Velde was a Dutch maritime painter in the 17th Century. His paintings focused primarily on seascape painting which later influenced such English paintings in the next century. His father and brother were also painters which influenced his choice of occupation. He stayed in Amsterdam where an economic collapse sparked a French invasion and the family moved to England. His father found work in the Queen's House at Greenwich working for Charles II. Many of his paintings were about the open seas. "A Gale" was a painting in 1673 of Holland's naval power and trade. It is hosted at the National Gallery in London. Within the picture it is easy to see the waves washing over the fishing-smack and a frigate approaching in the background. The seas represented both ferocity as well as economic opportunities. Many investments were lost and made on the open seas. Such ships were subject to being lost at sea, attacked by other naval powe