The power of color in painting

Power of color in paintings!!

The power of color in painting

Mar 10, 2017, 8:06:16 PM Creative

I love color, and find it an icredible subjet for writing and thinking. What is color exactly, and how does it shape our perspective on the world? To begin with, I will review the works of painting master who have used colors extensively in their work. not all painters are so attuned to color in the same degree - we have "dryer" artists who rely more on lines, geometry and order, and "wetter" artists, those who use slashes of color, and a bit more chaos to achieve the same effects. We will write about some of the great Renaissance painters that were masters of using color!


Although a man of the Renaissance, Antoio da Correggio has the soft colors and lines of the Roccocco. Everything is his paintings drowns into the hazy colored mists - but his intention was never to create a mystical feeling, a question of "what?", but rather to show a gentle, tender landscape beyond the main subjects, showing us that there are no problems, that all is clear. It's a happy, breezy feeling enveloping them.

One of the words one could connect to Correggio was definitely "charming". The naked bodies revel in the warms and simplicity of the scene, and the light blue cloak gives it a carefree, fresh veneer.

Correggio knew how to paint women who are beautiful and are aware of it - Venus has a "come hither", seductive look her face, making this painting seem very modern and much "younger" than it really is. The contrasting harmony or the red cloak and the blue cloak is highly symbolic of the relationship between love and reason, Venus and Mercury.

Correggio's masterpiece, Io and Jupiter, is the ultimate study in subtle, low key eroticism where everything is hinted and nothing is really shown. The hypnotic power of suggestion, the below-the-surface secrets, the hidden meanings, speak more in this painting than anything concrete. The colors make this possible - harsh, cold colors could never convey  such a delicate scene.


Jacopo Pontromo (1495-1540) bough so much originality to old motives he was be compared to the likes of El Greco. Less frilly and more concise than Correggio, Pontomo developed a recognizable style all of his own.

The meeting of the Virgin and St. Elizabeth. The moment is highly electrifying, powerful, dramatic. The two pregnant women are in the focus, with their soft curves, and worldly, wise faces. The fluorescent draperies only add to the overall dramatic tension of the scene. File:Jacopo Pontormo - Kreuzabnahme Christi.jpg

One of the most touching of the"Descents from the cross" paintings, it affects the viewer with the sheer desperation and almost-madness in the eyes of people surrounding Christ. But, the colors are the master key here - the metallic red, the gentle pink, all morph into something macabre, almost like being illuminated with a horrifying polar light.


The Lady in Red is a superb portrait by Pontromo. Unlike many of his contemporaries, his portraits carry a certain warmth and genuine curiosity about their subjects. There is nothing cold and distant about it. And the magnificent red only accentuates this "fiery" feeling.


By nature a choleric, fiery man, Tiziano Vecellio easily translated his elan into paintings, and colors was his greatest tool. Possessing the uncanny sense of color, much like the other Venetian painters, everything he saw he simply turned into shades. One of the great masters of the 16th century, Tizian is the most famous of painters mentioned in this post.


Tizian was renown for his paintings of nudes, and the impeccable milky white skin of Venus shows us why. The painting is pure poetry in motion, just not the feminine, subtle poetry, but rather a masculine, strong, intensive poetry. A sense of motion is achieved with the elegant hunting dogs Adois is leading.

Danae is a stunning painting, but this is rarely visible at the first glance. One must take the time and truly observe the composition and colors and truly understand it. Danae is a luscious nude woman, soaked in both light and shadow, calling for her lover in the celestial sky, but she is slowly melting into the lavish sheets. Color ceases to be color and gets smothered in the atmosphere. The way the sun rays fall on Danae's face, the way her body reacts to the golden rain her lovers showers her with, and the magical background, all make this a very interesting painting.

Bacchanals were a crazy time in old Rome - and Tizian conveys the atmosphere in this loud, non sophisticated painting. despite it's obvious crudeness, the painting is stunning in it's dissolute beauty. The landscape is uncharacteristically magical, and the draperies of the man on the left are so delicately painted it is much closer to roccocco than the renaissance. Not to mention the perfect composition.

That is all for now, see you soon :-)  

Published by Stela Zoric

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