Two paintings on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art are, The Abduction of the Sabine Women, 1633-1634, by Nicolas Poussin and A Hunting Scene, 1462-1522, by Piero Di Cosimo. Both are early European works, one from France and the other from Italy. These portraits have many related aspects, and similar subject matters. Although this is true, the executions of the paintings diverge drastically. The content of both artworks have to do with the inhabitants of the towns reactions to major turmoil and the chaos that’s occurring.
Poussin’s portrait is executed a lot more realistically in reference to the appearance of the people and the palette used. Cosimo’s A Hunting Scene displays humans mutated with animal body parts. He also uses a more restricted and unrealistic palette. In The Abduction of the Sabine Women, vertical lines are most projected. The columns and straight edge of the buildings give the painting a sense of order and organization although there chaos is supposed to be proposed. The vertical and straight lines contribute to the painting being realistic rather than simple and abstract.
Many of the figures are looking and pointing upward also creating diagonal lines. Poussin used outline as a method to define his figures. There is implied line in the portrait as well. A man with a red tarp stands to the far left above everyone else attempting to call order, creating a point. One-third of the figures are facing his direction. Where the building to the far right is positioned it creates another point. Another third of the figures face that direction. The location of the babies on the ground, front and centered creates the last point constructing an implied triangle.
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This gives the painting a closed composition creating a focal point. The Hunting Scene also uses a series of vertical and straight lines. The trees tower straight up in the sky. The figures stand upright and tall. With a few characters facing the direction of two openings, focal area is created for the eye helping to make the composition both organized and closed. The palette in the portrait The Abduction of The Sabine Women is broad. Poussin used several slightly muted colors for example the light greys, browns, and blues for the background and the structures (buildings).
The majority of the people’s skins are a cool undertone, and so are their clothes. One man is a rich vibrant golden color causing him to stand out from the rest giving him an impression of importance. The dresses and tarps are light blues, purples reds, oranges, and pinks. Cosimo’s A Hunting Scene uses a more saturated, tinted, and restricted palette. Several dark greens, browns, and blacks create the setting. Warm undertones of tinted yellow and orange are used for the human/animal figures. Both art works physically have a smooth texture.
Poussin’s painting is made with oil paints. Being that paintings are two-dimensional and physically smooth chiaroscuro is a technique that brings the portrait to life giving movement to clothing. The dresses and tarps appear draped, and take the form of the body. Cosimo’s work is created with tempera (egg yolk) and oil paints. There is not figurative texture causing the painting to appear flat and not as realistic. The contrast of the works is what gives the portraits their individuality. As they have differences, they also have similarities.
The Abduction of Sabine Women tells the story of how early Romans invited their neighbors the Sabines to their town. The Sabines were under the impression that the Romans were offering peace. The real intention was to forcibly take their young women and have them their wives. That is exactly what they did. The dourest of the women is obvious as they fight back looking for help. This portrait display complete chaos. A Hunting Scene is a painting of a hunt by men and satyrs (mythical creatures) and their return.
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This idea descends from the fifth book of myths collection called The De Rerum Natura, written by the Epicurean poet and philosopher Lucretius. These are writings of 99-55 BC, which is way before Cosimo’s times. The violent and chaotic aspects of the displays are similar. So is the regular balance of the paintings. Being that there are equal amounts of figures in each area there is consonance. All of these elements and compositions helped me to analyze, compare, and contrast both pieces of art.