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Ruins in art and painting

Ruins in art and painting

Thomas Girtin (1775-1802) Rievaulx Abbey
Watercolor and pencil on paper, 1798 (41.91 x 55.88 cm)( 16,5 x 22 inch ) Victoria and Albert Museum, London
images: Public domain


 

Characteristic features of landscapes with ruins in paintings of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries may be as follows:

  • 1. Romantic atmosphere: Landscapes with ruins are often imbued with mystery and melancholic mood, reflecting interest in the past and passing eras.
  • 2. Symbolism of decline: Ruins serve as a symbol of time, change and loss. They may represent the ruins of ancient buildings or architectural structures that are gradually destroyed over time.
  • 3. Contrast of the old and the new: Often landscapes with ruins demonstrate the contrast between the old ruins and the surrounding landscape or new buildings. This creates visual tension and highlights the contradictions of time.
  • 4. Using Chiaroscuro: Artists often play with chiaroscuro effects to convey the mood of empty or abandoned places. The shadow can add mystery to the ruins or emphasize their state of desolation.
  • 5. Romanticizing nature: Landscapes with ruins often include vast landscapes, mountains, lakes or parks, which emphasizes the beauty of nature combined with an atmosphere of decay.
  • 6. Symbolic meaning: Ruins can serve not only as an object of the image, but also have symbolic significance. They may reflect past epochs, the cyclical nature of life, or the passage of time.

These features were artistically transmitted in landscape painting of the 17th and 19th centuries and helped to create a special atmosphere and emotional impact on the viewer.


Ruins


Pictures:

The Old Bridge :: Hubert Robert
Ruins - The Old Bridge :: Hubert Robert
Roman Ruins with a Merchant Buying Bull :: Cornelis van Poelenburgh
Ruins - Roman Ruins with a Merchant Buying Bull :: Cornelis van Poelenburgh
Figures on the Banks of a Lake with Classical Ruins :: Hubert Robert
Ruins - Figures on the Banks of a Lake with Classical Ruins :: Hubert Robert
The Acropolis, Athens :: Ernst Carl Eugen Koerner
Ruins - The Acropolis, Athens :: Ernst Carl Eugen Koerner
The Acropolis Athena :: Ernst Carl Eugen Koerner
Ruins - The Acropolis Athena :: Ernst Carl Eugen Koerner
Passing the Ruins :: Pietro Barucci
Ruins - Passing the Ruins :: Pietro Barucci
Fetching Water at a Fountain :: Hermann David Solomon Corrodi
Ruins - Fetching Water at a Fountain :: Hermann David Solomon Corrodi
Rievaulx Abbey :: Thomas Girtin
Ruins - Rievaulx Abbey :: Thomas Girtin
Lindisfarne :: Thomas Girtin
Ruins - Lindisfarne :: Thomas Girtin
Interior of Tintern Abbey looking toward the West Window :: Thomas Girtin
Ruins - Interior of Tintern Abbey looking toward the West Window :: Thomas Girtin
Interior of Lindisfarne Priory :: Thomas Girtin
Ruins - Interior of Lindisfarne Priory :: Thomas Girtin
Interior of Fountains Abbey- the East Window :: Thomas Girtin
Ruins - Interior of Fountains Abbey- the East Window :: Thomas Girtin
Landscape with Roman Ruins :: Paul de Cock
Ruins - Landscape with Roman Ruins :: Paul de Cock
The Ruins at Philae, Egypt :: Johann Jakob Frey
Ruins - The Ruins at Philae, Egypt :: Johann Jakob Frey
Egyptian Temple :: Charles Gleyre
Ruins - Egyptian Temple :: Charles Gleyre
Eldena Ruin :: Caspar David Friedrich
Ruins - Eldena Ruin :: Caspar David Friedrich
  






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User   User Rating: 400  June 28, 2018


View of ruins always causes mixed feelings - sadness about the lost flowering, radiance in all its splendor, and admiration for the skill of ancestors who managed to erect something so grandiose, majestic and beautiful that even in ruins it continues to be so. And there is also the feeling of some kind of tenderness, cares, with which you want to touch the surviving remains to save them from further destruction and give them an opportunity to tell us about the distant past.

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