Thursday, October 4, 2012

An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump

This is a painting entitled "An experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump" by Joseph Wright in 1768.  The painting reveals a wide range of individual reactions to the experiment that is taking place.  We can see frightened children, a reflective philosopher, interested youths, and indifferent young lovers.  In this painting, only one, tiny light source exists: the lamp on the table.  The way the painting is lighted, we can see a dramatic use of light into dark.  Therefore this painting shows chiaroscuro.  

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