NOT EVERY BUILDING IS WELL DESIGNED

I love this building addition.  I am thinking it did not work out correctly.  Maybe somebody ran out of money.  It is attached to a roadhouse on the way to Springfield, SC., and is about seven miles from my house.  On the same highway, running the other way from my house about the same distance, there is an old building that was for sale for way over a  year.  The sign said “Rent to Owen”, because that is the way most people talk around here.  No wonder it was for sale for such a long time!

 

 

Every time I see this roadhouse, I think of Duccio’s “Entrance into Jerusalem”.  This painting is categorized as early in the Renaissance style as we see a painter addressing the new technological interest of the Renaissance, namely linear one point perspective.  Artists were on the curve of understanding how to depict our physical world on the canvas, or wall, or altarpiece, but Duccio, bless his heart, was not firing on all cylinders just yet.

 

 

In the foreground, we get another door to nowhere, similar to my roadhouse door, at the end of a wall that looks more like a terrace in this context.  Duccio KNEW that with this new perspective system, the sizes of things changed at a distance, just like in real life,  but for this painting, he changed the figures in the wrong way.  If you look at the crowd greeting Jesus (identified by his halo, a remnant of the Middle Ages) and his entourage, as it works back in space, the figures get bigger.  Good try, Duccio.  We can see you thinking.

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2 thoughts on “NOT EVERY BUILDING IS WELL DESIGNED

  1. I’ve never heard of Duccio. These poor souls – trying to hard to turn a 3D world into a flat canvas with no other works to model from. It seems odd, however, that he could make that mistake. Maybe there were no crowds of people for him to look at either.

    1. We stand on the shoulders of the artists of the past. They did hard work. Often, the mind gets in the way of depicting a scene perfectly. What you know can influence what you see.

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