My Visit to Lowe Art Museum

by Miriam Figueroa
(Miami, Florida)

Original Text: My Visit to Lowe Art Museum


On January 29, 2011, I visited the Lowe Art Museum on Stanford Drive in Coral Gables. On my visit to the museum, my eyes were startled by three paintings: Soleil Couchant, The Prophet, and Madonna and Child Enthroned with Donors and Saints Dominic and Elizabeth of Hungary. At the same time, the only painting that I dislike was Persephone an abstract painting. There was one ancient artifact from Africa which I loved the most the sculpture of a Portrait Head Mummy Mask. Each masterpiece represented the artist’s vision.
The most beautiful painting in the museum was Soleil Couchant. It was paint on 1860 by Jean Desbrosses from France. It was an oil painting on canvas. As I enter the gallery, I notice a magnificent artwork that fascinated me. The painting depicts a beautiful sunset. The dark green backwoods depicted a colorful virgin forest. Definitely, the gray and red color of the sky added a peaceful mood to the painting. The dramatic contrast of light and darkness between the narrow gravel path and the pasture makes the painting unique. Perhaps Desbrosses used secondary colors to emphasize the summer settings.
The most interesting Non-European/Non-American art was the Portrait Head Mummy Mask. It was painted gilt on cartonnage between 304 - 30 BCE in the 1st Century. The Mask belongs to the Ptolemaic Period in ancient Egypt. This stunning Mummy Mask depicts the head of a boy who looks happy. The head has a frontal view showing the face and part of his chest. The contrast of vivid and rich colors such as blue and gold produces a flamboyant three-dimensional effect. Straight and thin lines were use to depict the hair braids. This valuable piece of art startled me because it symbolizes a lifelike appearance of a person thousands of years ago.
The most disturbing painting that I found objectionable in Lowe Art Museum was Persephone painted on oil and fiberboard. It was paint on 1945 by Theodoros Stamdos from United States. This painting is a non-objective art. The artist used dark colors such as red, black, brown, and purple, which stand, out most of the painting. The painting’s texture is thick. The artist use curved organic shapes to depict the images in the painting. I dislike the painting because it does not communicate anything external. Even though, I did not like the painting other people appreciates this style of art.
A special art exhibition took place that day in the museum. The artist was Rafael Soriano: Other Worlds Within, a Sixty Year Retrospective. Soriano is a Cuban artist who represents a style best described as Oneiric Luminism. The painter combines a purely abstract form of light, form, space, and shadow with poetic and metaphysical impulses.
I picked the painting El Profeta (The Prophet) as the most significant piece of art in the exhibition. Soriano painted it on 1969. It was paint on oil on canvas depicting a prophet’s shape. The Prophet is a startling painting; the colors are so vivid and warm that it looks real. The contrast of the light inside the face made the painting so interesting. Soriano’s exhibition was wonderful.
I would take home the painting of Madonna and Child Enthroned with Donors and Saints Dominic and Elizabeth of Hungary painted on 1343 by Lippo Vanni from Italy. This painting which is 80 ¼ x 102 ½ x 6, was painted on tempera on panel. I choose Vanni’s painting because it is a magnificent symmetrical painting. The bright colors depict the eminence of the painting. The color and quality of their facial expressions and the fine lines in the face depicted the importance of saints and beliefs of the time. Definitely I would take it home with me.
In conclusion,

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On January 29, 2011, I visited the Lowe Art Museum on Stanford Drive in Coral Gables. On my visit to the museum, my eyes were startled by three paintings; Soleil Couchant, The Prophet, and Madonna and Child Enthroned with Donors and Saints Dominic and Elizabeth of Hungary. At the same time, the only painting that I disliked was Persephone, an abstract painting. There was one ancient artifact from Africa which I loved the most, the sculpture of a Portrait Head Mummy Mask. Each masterpiece represented the artist’s vision.

The most beautiful painting in the museum was Soleil Couchant. It was painted in 1860 by Jean Desbrosses from France. It is an oil painting on canvas. As I entered the gallery, I noticed a magnificent artwork that fascinated me. The painting depicts a beautiful sunset with a dark green backwoods depicting a colorful virgin forest. Definitely, the gray and red color of the sky adds a peaceful mood to the painting. The dramatic contrast of light and darkness between the narrow gravel path and the pasture makes the painting unique. Perhaps Desbrosses used secondary colors to emphasize the summer settings.

The most interesting Non-European/Non-American art was the Portrait Head Mummy Mask. It was painted gilt on cartonnage between 34 and 30 in the 1st Century BCE. The Mask belongs to the Ptolemaic Period in ancient Egypt. This stunning Mummy Mask depicts the head of a boy who looks happy. The head has a frontal view showing the face and part of his chest. The contrast of vivid and rich colors, such as blue and gold, produces a flamboyant three-dimensional effect. Straight and thin lines were use to depict the hair braids. This valuable piece of art startled me because it shows a lifelike appearance of a person from thousands of years ago.

The most disturbing painting that I found objectionable in Lowe Art Museum was Persephone, painted in oil on fiberboard. It was painted in 1945 by Theodoros Stamdos, from the United States. This painting is non-objective art. The artist used dark colors, such as red, black, brown, and purple, which stand out most in the painting. The painting’s texture is thick. The artist used curved, organic shapes to depict the images in the painting. I dislike the painting because it does not communicate anything external. Even though I did not like the painting, other people appreciate this style of art.

A special art exhibit took place that day in the museum by the artist was Rafael Soriano: Other Worlds Within, a Sixty Year Retrospective. Soriano is a Cuban artist who represents a style best described as Oneiric Luminism. The painter combines a purely abstract form of light, form, space, and shadow with poetic and metaphysical impulses.

I picked the painting El Profeta (The Prophet) as the most significant piece of art in the exhibition. Soriano painted it in 1969. It was painted in oil on canvas, depicting a prophet’s shape. The Prophet is a startling painting, the colors are so vivid and warm that it looks real. The contrast of the light inside the face made the painting very interesting. Soriano’s exhibition was wonderful.

I would take home the painting of Madonna and Child Enthroned with Donors and Saints Dominic and Elizabeth of Hungary, painted in 1343 by Lippo Vanni from Italy. This painting, which is 80 ¼ x 102 ½ x 6", was painted in tempera on panel. I choose Vanni’s painting because it is a magnificent symmetrical painting. The bright colors create the eminence of the painting. The color and quality of facial expressions and the fine lines in the faces depicted the importance of saints and the beliefs of the time. Definitely, I would take it home with me.

In conclusion,

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