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Significance of Art

Feb 3, 2016 | 0 comments

Feb 3, 2016 | Essays | 0 comments

Significance of Art

The painting by Paolo de Matteis is referred to as The Triumph of the Immaculate from the Baroque art movement. The masterpiece was painted in Italy around 1710 and can be found in Gemaldegalerie-Berlin as indicated by Pestilli (2013).

The painting is a masterpiece by Emanuel Leutze referred to as Washington Crossing Delaware. It is a realistic painting painted in 1851 and can currently be found at the Metropolitan Museum of Art but was originally painted and exhibited in Germany as stated by Wierich (2012).

The two paintings are significant in western history as they serve as a reminder of historical events that shaped the western nation politically and religiously. Washington Crossing Delaware honors the crossing of the Delaware River by General George Washington in December 1776 during the American Revolutionary War. The painting leaves a great mark in American history as it indicates an unexpected courageous move by Washington and his dedication to the war that contributed to the American victory as illustrated by Barratt (20011). Similarly, the Triumph of the Immaculate signifies the period in the history of the religious divide. The Catholics used art as a weapon against their counterparts, Protestants, to show the strength of God’s power, encourage monarchy and strengthen the Catholic Church as reflected in the painting since the paintings show victory by God’s power as described by Pestilli (2013).

The two paintings show different style movements and come from different time periods. However, the styles employed in the paintings were influence by the periods they were painted in, historical events, and cultural aspects and relied on the exact events captured in the paintings. For instance, De & Frick Art Reference Library says that Paolo de Matteis work was purely imaginative of a religious war motivated by the desire to contribute to the historical religious fight while Emanuel captured a real event in the American history that was his motivation factor as explicated by Barratt (20011). Therefore, the two paintings serve as a reminder of events that occurred during those periods.

The paintings are supposed to be guidelines for the readers as they give a glimpse into the old style and if possible make a comparison with the twenty-first-century contemporary style to get an idea of the development of art over the years. The paints aid the readers in gaining perspective of the historical events that shaped the current political, cultural, and religious aspects of western nations as well as the necessity to preserve national heritage as implied by Wierich, J. (2012). For instance, The Triumph of the Immaculate gives an insight into the remarkable religious division that contributed to the establishment of various churches.


Barratt, C.R. (20011). Washington Crossing Delaware: Restoring an American masterpiece. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art.

De, M. P., & Frick Art Reference Library. (1920). Paolo de Matteis: Artist file

Pestilli, L. (2013). Paolo de Matteis: Neapolitan Painting and Cultural History in Baroque Europe.

Wierich, J. (2012). Grand themes: Emanuel Leutze, Washington Crossing Delaware, and American history painting. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press.

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