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This is a thread where you introduce your favorite art pieces to BZ.

I'd like to limit it to non-performing arts. So paintings, sculptures, architecture, an conceptual art are all acceptable.

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Resurrezione di Lazzaro by Caravaggio

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Before I start explaining why I like this painting, I should probably mention that I am a great admirer of abstract art. There is very little in the Baroque era that I really love, yet this painting finds itself easily in my top ten. Why is hard to explain without access to the piece itself. Just believe me when I tell you that the picture I included above does not even capture 1/100th of the power of seeing this piece in person. Everything in this piece is in its right place, from the hand of Christ to the faces of the men surrounding him, staring at the divine light coming from behind Jezus. Notice Lazarus' right hand also reaching for this light. The combination of the perfect composition and the brilliant use of light (which Caravaggio introduced but Rembrandt became famous for) turn a confrontation with this painting into an almost religious experience, regardless of your beliefs or lack thereof.

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Nighthawks by Edward Hopper

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New York Movie by Edward Hopper

Hopper has been very influential to many great filmmakers over the years and this is probably why I like his work. You can see it in film noir, some Hitchcock and even recently in Road To Perdition where they purposely tried to get that look.

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The lady of shalott - John William Waterhouse

There was this one episode of Cold Case where the serial killer was killing his victims and posing their dead bodies to resemble that portrait. I just thought that was interesting.

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Nighthawks by Edward Hopper

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New York Movie by Edward Hopper

Hopper has been very influential to many great filmmakers over the years and this is probably why I like his work. You can see it in film noir, some Hitchcock and even recently in Road To Perdition where they purposely tried to get that look.

Hopper was a photorealist so it makes sense that filmmakers would imitate his work. I too have a fond admiration for Nighthawks. It's just so lonely and it sort of makes me sad. I find the subject matter for photorealism more interesting that the realism aspect of it. But I am most definitely a realist and for the most part abhor abstract art.

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