Artworks vary in their performance types and carry differing influences based on the details they express. When comparing art, it is important to have a basic understanding of the sources, theme, form, color, texture, and functions, among other things. This paper provides a brief analysis of two works, David Slaying Goliath by Peter Rubens and A Flight to Egypt by Jacopo Bassano, highlighting the parallels and disparities between them.
Second, the two paintings represent religious subjects and Biblical figures: David and Goliath are Biblical characters engaged in battle; The Flight to Egypt depicts Joseph fleeing with Jesus to escape Herod’s vengeance, which slew male-born sons. People in the paintings represent actual human beings, seven in the Flight to Egypt two vivid in David Slaying Goliath. These divine beings are both in some conflict with David killing an all-time Biblical warrior as Joseph is escaping from a dictator. The appearance of the two images differs. David and Goliath’s photo takes a portrait posture and Flight to Egypt is in a landscape. Reasons are the few and more subjects involved in the situations respectively. Their lives are not still, as movements are common during war.
Styles used in composing the two artworks differ. A flight to Egypt has smoother painting compared to the David slaying Goliath. The Flight image has a finely tuned finishing that limits evidence of brush strokes. For David’s work, it is a mixture of the two. At the far backgrounds showing the clouds, brush strokes are evident, most likely indicating the appearance of background images of clouds that are never smooth. Additionally, David and Goliath’s image has thick paint, specifically at Goliaths hand. Goliath, from the Bible, was an enormous and fearsome figure, justifying the reason for the use of the thick painting.
Mixed colors, from the primary to secondary are in the paintings: black, red, brown, gray, white, blue, and green. These colors assist in identifying the different areas and objects in the picture. For David’s image, it is simple to determine where the cloth ends, and where the body begins because of the different colors. David’s weapon takes a black color, as the clouds are dark gray. Flight to Egypt shows differences in color between tree trumps and leaves by brown and green respectively. An observer has stress-free time distinguishing the images and inferring what they stand for. Use of space is evident in David’s image. Above and in front of David and Goliath is blank to show how the environment, which from keen observation displays other warriors in the far background on the right side of the picture. Overlapping is in both images and hides any object behind them. However, it is not easy to see other troopers because of their massive numbers that could not fit on the drawing board. Flight to Egypt has more overlaps with images clustered in a minor space.
The two pieces of art vary in their realism or idealism. David’s shows him using a weapon, ready to hurt Goliath, which contrasts Biblical records of a sling and stone. It is possible to infer that the artist was showing his ideas rather than the real records in the Bible. With these different concepts of presentation of the same thing, it becomes a distorted realistic image. The Flight to Egypt is an ideal model and shows the specific means of movement by a donkey as in most Biblical records. A being in front has wings to suggest a flight. These two images provoke the thoughts of the artists to recapture the ideas in the Bible and connect with what is in the pictures, thereby aiding their understanding of the pictures.
These artworks are religious teachings of what happened as the Bible records. In cases that people cannot configure the imagery from reading the Bibles, they can use these as an aid to their reading. Additionally, they act as Christian symbols of human character in the past. An example is a war, which exists today, and people can understand to have a historical origin. Migrations and political solitude in countries connect well with the Flight to Egypt. In both the images, the artists are communicating difficult to solve past problems. These are conflicts, which still exist in societies today.
The artworks are similar in style, function, and context. They all have a Biblical connection that most Christians find useful for their studies and understanding of religion. The difference exists in the type of conflict. David is already achieving his mission to slay Goliath, while the family running to Egypt is escaping a possibility of a killer. The two missions were successful, and the people remained safe, with one becoming a king and the other one dying for the sins of humanity.
To conclude, the images differ and are similar in some concepts of work and appearances. The paintings are a little different with David’s having a full picture as Fight to Egypt has smoother ones. Color combination was similar with primary and secondary colors present. Ideas of the artists prevailed more than the exact representation in the Bible. However, the context is similar as they bear Biblical information, serving to inform the reader more of specific situations then.