Museum Report.

Essay by gogonowCollege, UndergraduateA-, December 2005

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I attended the art museum at the Getty Center built on the mountain sides of north Los Angeles. While attending the Getty I chose to photograph the 'Madonna and Child' along with 'Flowers Still Life' and my textbook object was the Galatea. My first museum object the Madonna and Child was created by Luca Della Robbia in Florence, Italy during the mid 1400's. It's a picture that displays Madonna in a blue robe, sitting down, holding what seems to be her naked child and alongside is a person unknown but perhaps a relative of Madonna. They seem to be in a setting of indoors because in the background are windows with houses visible. My second museum object is Flower Still Life which was created by Rachel Ruysch after 1700. The vase contains flowers of different sorts and colors in a pattern going diagonal opposite to the tables edge. The flowers feel so vivid with life that it gives meaning to its title.

The flowers appear to be indoors with little light portrayed in the background. For my in-text object I chose, Galatea, which was created by the famous Raphael in Rome, Italy. Galatea is shown as the center of attention surrounded by strong body figures giving a firm and aggressive view. It displays Galatea making her escape with a couple of dolphins as she flees the scene from her lover Cyclops Polyphemus.

The Madonna and child has certain similarities and differences that can relate to the Galatea. First and most, there is a sense of love and beauty in both of these objects. But what does separate these two objects is the motion and activity that is taken place in the Galatea. There are all sorts of figures in the Galatea, such as flying angles with crossbows, a couple of...