Masterpieces of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is an art museum in Los Angeles is on Museum Row. It is the largest art museum in the western United States. It holds more than 150,000 works of art spanning the history of art from ancient times to the present.
- “The Raising of Lazarus” by Rembrandt
- “The Raising of Lazarus” by Rembrandt, depicts the scene from the New Testament Bible in the Gospel of John, Chapter 11. Rembrandt also made drawings and etchings of this subject, but with differing compositions. The scene is in a tomb with Christ standing in the cave with his hand raised to perform the miracle. Rembrandt represents Lazarus’s rising as caused by Christ’s forceful gesture and his faith. Lazarus’ sisters Mary and Martha look on in amazement, as do the other spectators.
- “Magdalene with the Smoking Flame” by Georges de La Tour
- “Magdalene with the Smoking Flame” by Georges de La Tour depicts Mary Magdalene and was inspired by several themes popular with artists during the 1600s, such as the cult of Magdalene, melancholy and repentance. De La Tour, the French Baroque painter who painted this masterpiece in 1640, has given it a feeling of philosophical meditation that provides the opportunity for meditation and reflection.
- Shiva as the Lord of Dance
- “Shiva as the Lord of Dance” depicts the Hindu God Shiva and combines in a single image his roles as creator, preserver and destroyer of the universe and conveys the concept of the never-ending cycle of time. Shiva has many guises and many representations in art, but the most popular is as a dancing figure within the arch of flames, called Shiva Nataraja, Lord of the Dance. Nataraja is a depiction of the Hindu god Shiva as the cosmic ecstatic dancer. The pose and artwork are described in many Hindu texts, and the dance relief is featured in major Hindu temples of Shaivism. It is an image seen in museums and temples across the world, and it is rich in iconography and hidden meaning.
- “Cliff Dwellers” by George Bellows
- “Cliff Dwellers” by George Bellows depicts the density and crowds on New York City’s Lower East Side, on a hot summer’s day. The painting, made in 1913, highlights the city’s explosive population growth. The city grew from one-and-a-half to five million in the forty years proceedings this depiction, primarily due to immigration. In this painting, people spill out of tenement buildings onto the streets, stoops, and fire escapes. Laundry flaps overhead and a street vendor hawks his goods from his pushcart amid all the traffic. In the background, a trolley car heads toward Vesey Street.
“I love Los Angeles. I love Hollywood. They’re beautiful. Everybody’s plastic, but I love plastic. I want to be plastic.”
– Andy Warhol
Photo Credit: By Daniel Stout from Appleton, Wis., U.S. (Rodin sculpture garden (LACMA)) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons