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Sight By Jan Brueghel And Peter Paul Rubens

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In this essay, I will explore the famous work, Sight, an extraordinary oil painting created by Jan Brueghel and Peter Paul Rubens in 1618. Considered among the mostcomplex, compromising allegorical pieces, Sight is painted with great accuracy and detail. Shown in the form of a magnificent chamber of art and wonder, like a walkthrough a long gallery flooded by sunlight, Sight stimulates the mind's visual perception with its animated images and intellectual aura.Many are unaware that this masterpiece is also a collaborative effort of two painters, each respectfully famed for their classically Flemish Baroque styles. JanBrueghel, the father of his accomplice, Peter Paul Rubens, was curiously ...view middle of the document...

The sculptures, furniture, gold and silver objects, and scientific equipment are all featured beneath the eagle emblems of the Habsburgs, symbolizing the majestic leadership of the rulers. Copies of famous paintings surround the room, featuring many of Rubens's originals as well as Raphael's Saint Cecilia. They represent the everlasting aestheticism of sight and the luxurious beauty of such simplicities. The globe and rotating golden sphere embody the extent of humanistic learning while the books, rulers, prints, and compasses refer to those who look but do not see to spiritual blindness.In my personal opinion, Brueghel and Rubens never had any one purposeful intent for Sight, but many at a time. I believe they wanted to be recognized as artists, gain fame and prestige, as well as increase awareness of the broad, intellectual meanings behind the five senses. However, Sight, derived from Brueghel and Rubens's Allegories of the Five Senses, may have also been part of Brueghel's instructional experience for his son. Sight's historical position will forever be distinguished in Baroque history. A compliment to the various...

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