Interior Of The Pantheon

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Artists can express their messages in different ways, they might make the whole painting about the subject, or in some cases they just add something in the background, or include a sign that might not be immediately obvious that conveys their thoughts to the viewer about the matter. Artwork usually contains strong messages about certain things, or can give off a sense of how the artist feels about a certain issue.

¡¥Interior of the Pantheon¡¦ is an example of an artwork that contains a message about an issue. This oil painting by Giovanni Panini, is oil on canvas that stands 4ft. 2.5 inches x 3ft. 3 inches. This painting shows us approximately 40 people dressed in 17th century clothing, all of which are walking across a marble tiled floor within the walls of a huge dome filled with columns and shrined statues of great war heroes. There is a single hole in the centre of the dome but reaches a diameter of about 142ft.

This artwork is a very elegant looking artwork because it uses dull colours (such as browns and dull yellows and oranges), to portray a generation of people with sophistication along with the inside of a building that has been architecturally designed by someone very creative. It shows people communicating and socializing (within the buildings magnificent dome and huge pillars), whilst marvelling at their ancestral war heroes with great pride and honour. There are two particular people on the bottom right hand side of this painting that are kneeling on one knee on the floor, facing towards a wall (which the viewer cannot see), this is symbolizing that they are showing respect and honour to or for one of the seven statues within that foyer area. So once again this portrays ¡¥Elegance¡¥ in this painting. The...