Exploring Relationships & Art

 

Giorgione, The Tempest, c.1505,
oil on canvas, 82 cm × 73 cm, 830 x730mm,
(Venice, Gallerie dell’Accademia)

TITLE: The Viewing & Connection of Relationships & Art
(click on blue text colour above to read the work in full.)

AUTHOR: Mavarine Du-Marie

DATE: 23rd August 2009

CITATION:

Therein, I believe that the Tempest painting functioned with the purpose of being heuristic, that is in helping to learn about our relationships that we have, not only with ourselves, but also with others and the things that surround us in the social, cultural and political environment.

And this is particularly evident with the approach that Giorgione took with the compositional structure of the painting, knowing that the spectator from the outset will engage with the painting on a superficial level, that initially it would only be critically viewed, that is:

“….they will be concerned with the intentionality. They will begin with aspects of invention and design that express the artist’s responses to the assumed presence of the spectator.  These reactions develop in a way that can be presented schematically in three stages: from awareness and acknowledgment, to the spectator’s entering into the artist’s subject and completing its plot, and finally from that kind of involvement to its exploitation, the artist assuming, now, the complicity of the spectator in the very functioning of the work of art…” (Shearman, 1992, p.17.)

And I think that this functionality assists the spectator when viewing the painting of the Tempest, to be objective, first and foremost, in the interpretation that could be found on many levels with the painting.

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