Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Saskia as Flora (1635)

Rembrandt (1606-1669)

A portrait of Rembrandt's newly wedded wife, Saskia, posing as Flora, the Roman Goddess of Spring. The artists use of chiaroscuro (strong contrast between light and dark) is particularly effective and gives the illusion of three dimension and realism. This is a very captivating image with symbolic connotations of fertility and re-birth (Goddess of spring, flowers and the positioning of the hand over her stomach). I love Rembrandt's subtle use of colour, shadow and light, he greatly inspired the later impressionist movement of the 19th Century, whose main concern was with the sensual depiction of reality and use of light and colour.

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