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Bridges in western painting

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were only rarely the true subject of paintings until the Age of Enlightenment started to celebrate science and technology ...


Bridges in western painting

  1. 1. were only rarely the true subject of paintings until the Age of Enlightenment started to celebrate science and technology ... in the 19th century with the Impressionists, then during the modern and contemporary period, becomes a privileged motif, a symbol of industrial development, a structured support of light and reflections ...
  2. 2. Bridges in Western painting
  3. 3. wild, inhospitable landscape. high rocky mountains, winding paths and a small bridge ... symbol of passing time; if there is a bridge, there is a river, which is the banal symbol par excellence of passing time the theme of the painting is time ... Leonardo da Vinci Mona Lisa La Joconde 1503-1506 Musée du Louvre, Paris
  4. 4. The mysterious iconography ... the landscape and the sky rent by a bolt of lightning, two human figures, absorbed in private reveries, the little town half-hidden behind the luxuriant vegetation, the lazy, tortuous course of the stream and the bridge Giorgione The Tempest La Tempête 1508 Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice
  5. 5. one of the yearly processions of the True Cross of the Scuola, the Bridge of San Lorenzo full of people who are looking at the event ... (the relic fell in the water ... some people have dived and a woman is pushing her moorish slave to do the same: however, Andrea Vendramin has already grabbed the relic and is carrying it to the shore) (... the typical inverted cone chimneys of medieval Venice) Giovanni Bellini Miracle of the Cross at the Bridge of S. Lorenzo Miracle de la relique de la Croix au pont San Lorenzo 1500 Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice
  6. 6. the bridge depicted is the one built in 1458 ... (subject is the healing of a man possessed performed by Francesco Querini, the Patriarch of Grado, through the intercession of the relic of the Holy Cross in his palace at the Rialto) Vittore Carpaccio Miracle of the Relic of the Cross at the Ponte di Rialto Le Miracle de la relique de la Croix au pont du Rialto 1496 Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice
  7. 7. way past the figures ... snow-capped mountains under a pinky-yellow sky, grassy and wooded hills, a broad meandering river with an island in its midst flows through the heart of a city and a bridge ... the Christ Child’s fingers in the foreground seem to connect to the bridge over the river in the distance Jan van Eyck The Madonna of Chancellor Rolin La Vierge du chancelier Rolin 1435 Musée du Louvre, Paris
  8. 8. the bridge that symbolizes the passage from life to death ... sin and damnation reflect the concerns of the Middle Ages, the questioning of life, death, evil, good ... Hieronymus Bosch Triptych of the Temptation of St. Anthony, left panel La Tentation de saint Antoine, panneau de gauche 1500 Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, Lisbon
  9. 9. a light magical ... a sunbeam breaks through the clouds and falls on the barely visible upper surface of the stone bridge Rembrandt Landscape with a Stone Bridge Paysage avec un pont de pierre 1638 Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
  10. 10. largest City Barge taking the Lord Mayor to the Palace of Westminster, spectacular barges of the different city guilds and the new Westminster Bridge (the bridge was not actually completed until four years after this work was painted) Canaletto Westminster Bridge, with the Lord Mayor’s Procession on the Thames Le Pont de Westminster, avec la procession du Lord-maire sur la Tamise 1747 Yale Center for British Art, Yale University, New Haven
  11. 11. urban landscape ... the ÎIe de la Cité, Equestrian statue of Henri IV, banks of the Seine, boats, the Samaritaine pump and the Pont-Neuf Nicolas Jean-Baptiste Raguenet La Pompe de la Samaritaine, le Pont-Neuf et l'île de la Cité, le quai de Conti, vus du quai du Louvre The Pont Neuf and the Samaritaine Avant 1771 Musée Carnavalet, Paris
  12. 12. the exaggerated scale and plunging perspective of Westminster Bridge intensify the drama of the scene, which Turner observed from the south bank of the Thames River … The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons L'Incendie de la Chambre des lords et des communes 1834-1835 Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
  13. 13. an enclosed arch bridge made of white limestone, which was built in 1600, connects the New Prison to the interrogation rooms in the Doge’s Palace “Ponte dei sospiri” the name of the bridge, deriving its title from the mournful image of convicts taking their last glimpse of the city before being led down to the darkness of the cells ... Joseph Mallord William Turner Venice, the Bridge of Sighs Venise, Le Pont des Soupirs 1840 Tate Britain, London
  14. 14. a charming stone bridge ... the gnarled trees soar towards the sky the bridge with slender arches, perfectly symmetrical a clear and serene atmosphere … Jean-Baptiste Corot Le pont de Mantes The Bridge at Mantes 1868 Musée du Louvre, Paris
  15. 15. in the spring of 1903, Pissarro temporarily moved into a hotel on Quai Voltaire, on the left bank of the Seine ... from his room he could see the Pont Royal and the Pavillon de Flore, at the end of the Louvre buildings along the Seine, at the south-west end Camille Pissarro Le Pont Royal et le Pavillon de Flore The Pont Royal and the Pavillon de Flore 1903 Petit Palais, Paris
  16. 16. exotic hybrid water lilies and a humpback bridge inspired by examples seen in Japanese prints … here, the bridge spans the width of the canvas but is cut off at the edges so that it seems to float unanchored above the water … Claude Monet Le bassin aux nymphéas The Water-Lily Pond 1899 National Gallery, London
  17. 17. Monet places his easel at the level of the train tracks … Saint-Lazare station, the buildings on Rue de Rome and the Pont de l'Europe, a viaduct built in 1863 Claude Monet Pont de l'Europe, gare Saint-Lazare The Pont de l'Europe, Gare Saint-Lazare 1877 Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris
  18. 18. the Moret Bridge merge the clouds in the sky, the reflections in the water below Sisley's poetry ... Alfred Sisley Le pont de Moret The Bridge at Moret 1893 Musée d'Orsay, Paris
  19. 19. a vibrant Pont Neuf ... the equestrian statue of Henry IV, sophisticated streetlamps, horse-drawn carriages, soldiers, women with varicolored parasols, elegant gentlemen, a gendarme in a dark-blue uniform (and Renoir’s younger brother Edmond, wearing a straw hat) Pierre-Auguste Renoir Le Pont Neuf Pont Neuf, Paris 1872 National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
  20. 20. a humble wooden pedestrian bridge near Melun, surrounded by slender trees in glowing emerald depths ... Paul Cézanne Pont de Maincy The Bridge at Maincy 1879 Musée d'Orsay, Paris
  21. 21. two tall cypress trees, a white house, a horse and buggy, and a woman holding an umbrella crosses the Langlois Bridge … Vincent van Gogh Le Pont de l’Anglois à Arles et la femme avec le parapluie Langlois Bridge at Arles May 1888 Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud, Cologne
  22. 22. a little yellow cart crosses the bridge while a group of women in smocks and multicoloured caps wash linen on the shore … Vincent van Gogh Pont de Langlois, Le Pont de Langlois à Arles avec les femmes à laver The Langlois Bridge at Arles, Langlois bridge at Arles with women washing March 1888 Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, Otterlo
  23. 23. on a grey morning, the stones, the pavements are grey; the sky, pale blue, the figures, coloured; and there is a sickly tree with yellow foliage ... from the Quai de la Roquette, in October 1888, Vincent Van-Gogh observed the metal bridge which straddled the river and allowed people and goods to travel between the two sides of Arles, also the comings-and-going, the passageway and the staircase by which men and women reached the walkway Vincent van Gogh Le pont de Trinquetaille construit en 1875 The Trinquetaille Bridge October 1888 Private collection
  24. 24. a spring morning ... a stray dog paws towards the Place de l'Europe a man peering off the bridge toward the train station a gentleman with high hat steps towards the observer, is a flâneur, an upper-class street observer this offspring of the Parisian bourgeoisie is followed by a woman with a violet tint and dressed in a pathetic way, probably a prostitute (alternatively, the man has been thought to be Caillebotte himself, and the woman to be Caillebotte's companion, Anne-Marie Hagen) Gustave Caillebotte Le pont de l'Europe Europe Bridge, Paris 1876 Musée du Petit Palais, Geneva
  25. 25. a cold, overcast day ... the Saint-Lazare station from the Pont de l’Europe, a monumental bridge that crossed over the station’s railyards one man in a bowler hat leans against the railing of the bridge and gazes out at a moving train a man in a top hat also stops to look and a third man hurries on, passing out of the frame ... the isolation and anonymity of the urban environment Gustave Caillebotte Sur le pont de l'Europe On the Pont de l'Europe 1876-1877 Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth
  26. 26. the arched bridge with little coloured dots of pedestrians and carriages on a bright summer day ... the simplicity of the composition Albert Marquet Le Pont Saint-Michel Saint Michel Bridge 1908 Musée de Grenoble, Grenoble
  27. 27. the port of L'Estaque, west of Marseille 1907 the non naturalistic colours of the Fauves are combined with the reduction to simple geometric forms of the landscape, in similar style to Cézanne Georges Braque Viaduc à l'Estaque The Viaduct at L'Estaque 1907 Minneapolis Institute of Arts
  28. 28. Bonnard and the lyricism of his colors ... Paris, the life, the walks, the Parisians, the passers-by on the bridge ... the golden fire of an autumn twilight Pierre Bonnard Pont du Carrousel The Pont du Carrousel 1903 Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles
  29. 29. like a classic veduta ... the view of the Île de la Cité from the right bank of the Seine, the Palais de Justice, Sainte-Chapelle, Notre-Dame Paul Signac Le pont des Arts 1912 Museum Folkwang, Essen
  30. 30. olga_oes Bridges in Western painting Pont dans la peinture occidentale images and text credit www. Music The Piano Guys Limitless created olga.e. thanks for watching
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