By Jess Petrylak
Classical works of art have always been idealized but these ones totally get our gears going
Girl with the Pearl Earring – Johannes Vermeer
Vermeer, a dutch oil painter, was most known for his depictions of middle class Europe and use of rich yellows and blues. The Girl with the Pearl Earring was arguably one of Vermeer’s most notable works, and his handling of the young girl depicted had inspired many other artists of every medium. In 1999, Tracy Chevalier, an esteemed historical fiction author wrote a tale about the mysterious woman in the painting, claiming that Vermeer hired a model to pose with his wife’s pearl earrings. Scarlett Johansson played the Girl with the Pearl Earring in the movie adaptation of the book, need we say more? Her soft features and longing look captivates the spectator and forces them to fall head over heels, every time.
David – Michelangelo
This absolutely immaculate Renaissance masterpiece entitled David, was sculpted by Michelangelo between 1501-1504. Standing an enormous 17 feet tall, the statue was commissioned to stand perched on the Florence Cathedral, but in turn was placed outside of the town hall because, well, the people of Florence just could not get enough (can you blame them?). Michelangelo took his own creative liberties when chiseling out David’s rock hard abs and maturity, for in the bible David is depicted as a young, unassuming underdog.
The Dancer – Gustav Klimt
Gustav Klimt is most known for his ethereal portrayals of the female form accompanied by delicate yet dominate patterns that take on forms of their own. The Dancer, was formerly titled Ria Munk II, due to the fact said admirable woman’s family commissioned multiple portraits to be done of her after her tragic death. Klimt heavily played into the idea that women were “posthuman”, or existed beyond their human form, which was evoked in almost all of his life’s work. The speculation that this painting depicted Ria Munk was later debunked, due to the nudity/sexualization and that the family that commissioned it did not accept it. Whoever The Dancer truly is, she has a hypnotic romantic aura that makes you want to step into her world.
Portrait of Antonio Anselmi – Titian
Titian, a renowned 16th century Italian painter, was once referred to “the sun amidst small stars” due to his extensive versatility with paint handling and subject matter. Titian could handle any commission that was requested of him; portraits, landscapes, mythological or biblical subject matter, he could do it all. The Portrait of Antonio Anselmi has a mysterious and barren history to it. All that can be said about Antonio Anselmi is that he was poet, and his beard is totally swoon-worthy.
Nefertiti Bust – Thutmose
This three thousand year old iconic Egyptian bust was created with stucco covered limestone for the great Nefertiti, wife of Pharaoh Akhenaten. Nefertiti, which literally means “the beautiful one has come”, was not only just the wife of a Pharaoh, but became a Pharaoh herself after her husband’s death. The Nefertiti Bust’s cultural impact was immense, and influence extended into the makeup arts and hairstyle of the Bride of Frankenstein. Nefertiti’s sloping neck, soft features and classically defined eyes truly makes her one of the biggest babes of all time.
Skull of a Skeleton with a Burning Cigarette – Vincent Van Gogh
Perhaps a skeleton isn’t one’s first choice for a crush, but face it, this guy is way cooler than any live man you know. Painted in 1885, the Skull of a Skeleton with a Burning Cigarette is one of Van Gogh’s early academic, and humorous, works. Inspired by his own poor health, historians concluded this piece was one of the first anti-smoking campaigns. This, of course, was later proven false due to the fact that Van Gogh smoked up until his death in 1890. The Skull of a Skeleton with a Burning Cigarette was passed down and kept in the Van Gogh family after Vincent’s death, but now can be found at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.