Aristotle with a Bust of Homer vs. Portrait of Lucas van Uffel

The paintings of ‘Lucas Van Uffel’ by Anthony van Dyck and ‘Aristotle’s Contemplating the Bust Homer’ by Rembrandt inform the view about some characters of the images simply by the way the images are presented. The painting of Van Uffel shows the face pf a furious man. The man appears to be in a hurry, and it is painted with Van Uffel halfway standing from his sit as though he has been interrupted while doing something very important. The gaze in his eyes communicates anger and authoritative. In his hand, he is holding a compass that he was probably using. On the table, there is a model of the globe and pieces appearing to be writing materials. This picture applies that he is an academician or a philosopher. His appearance shows dress code, and presentation implies that he is a wealthy man. The table cloth looks lavish and in the background, lie a model a lion perhaps indicating he is a man of class or maybe he identifies himself as the lion. The visible parts of the seat are, its color and fading edges imply that it maybe dear to him or he has used it for a very long time.

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On the other hand, the painting of Aristotle, the philosopher is depicted standing as if he were meditating. He is dressed in clothes of a humanist in the Renaissance era. He rests his hand on a bust of Homer. He has a jeweled chain around his neck among them a medallion of Alexander the Great. The painter has specifically focused on Aristotle’s face. The face seems to be laminating perhaps a symbol of the contributing that Aristotle had done to various fields of knowledge. His eyes appear very taken as though all his attention so the head of the Bust that he is holding. He seems to be observing something that he is very important or confirming an already known fact. His face is calm and somewhat contented. The distinct background appears to be a roof that is leaking rays of light in. His lobes create the impression of a normal man living a normal life.

There is a clear difference in the way that the images occupy the space of the paintings. Van Uffel’s image has been painted as the biggest component of the painting. About objects like the lion and the chair, Van Uffel is bigger than them. He is also painted on the front of the painting as though he were the object of focus and the rest of the component are the background. He dominates the painting, and the painter has illuminated his. His face is painted with a careful inclusion of the details form the eyes brows, the eyes, the nose, the forehead and the moustache his hair is highlighted and carefully painted in a manner that shows it is carefully combed.

In comparison to Van Uffel’s painting, Aristotle image is painted differently. The image is almost equal to that of Bust of Homer. Although illuminated, the face does not reveal much detail. It has been painted from a distant and Aristotle seems to interact equitably with the objects in this room. The, however, he seems to be taller than the Bust or otherwise standing on a raised ground. The painting only shows parts of Aristotle. His left arm is not in the image. His body is painted from the waist up, but his left hand is seen holding the chain. The head is not clear, but it creates an impression of a hairy head.

The paintings have another object in the background that informs that view about the environment. Both paintings depict inside of a room. Van Uffel surrounded by various object including a chair a table that is covered in a table cloth. On the table, there are pieces of papers, and further, there is an image of a lion. There is a curtain at the back which takes a color similar to that of the table cloth. The distant wall of the room appears lavish and carefully finished. The overall image created by the objects in this painting is that of an affluent man with a strong character and a superior ego. The compass in this hand implies a reader or philosopher. The dominance of his image in the painting accompanied by the look on his face implies that he could get an authority figure who commands respect.

Looking at the painting of Aristotle, he is surrounded by the Bust of Homer. These are the two dominating images in the painting. Above his head, there appears to be a roof which is dark but has some rays of light penetrating through. Towards the side, he is facing there appears to be a source of light which illuminates the Bust’s head, Aristotle’s hand and the clothing on his arm. Behind his arm, there appears to be perhaps a wooden shelf. The image created by this painting is that a normal and humble person who is passionate about what he is looking at. One may even see him as poor due to the cracked roof and the texture of his clothes.

The technicality in the paintings also differs between the pictures. The use of painting has is crucial in the creation of different meanings in the paintings. In Van’s painting, the clothes are painted with black and very thick paint to create an impression that he is wearing fur. The clothes are distinctively painted using a high contrast paint i.e. shiny gray. The lion and the globe are painted using Golden yellow paint which in a way communicates that they are expensive. The curtaining hanging behind Van and the table cloth have the same color of paint. The marron color is clear with distinctive imprint flowers. The blue flowers on the table cloth have been painted clearly. Dull paint on one wall creates the impression that the wall is hidden from the light. The colors in this paint blend perfectly to create an affluent status of the room. Clear painting is used on his face to illuminate the details on his face as well as his hands.

In Aristotle’s painting, the paint is applied artistically to create a lamination effect on his face, arm, and hand. The Bust is also illuminated partially. The dark clothing has been painted somewhat sparingly creating an impression of normal garments unlike in Van’ image. The walls are painted using unclear paint. The roof is dark and non-definitive. The combination of these shades a less lavish room compared to that in Van’s paintings where walls are very clear and artistically finished. In relation to the other objects, Aristotle occupies nearly the same space while Van occupies the largest space of the picture.