The Art of Capturing Human Emotions

I photographed the opening scene of a 1936 Mickey Mouse cartoon, titled The Moving Day, from YouTube, then superimposed the screen shots in pairs. I then searched for well-known paintings by three of my favorite painters: Caravaggio, Vincent van Gogh, and Francisco de Goya.

The corresponding paintings were not meant to match the cartoon screen shots exactly in a technical sense, but to draw comparisons in the facial expressions of the figures/subjects.

The point I was trying to make is that great art can convey a message, whether through traditional paintings or celluloid animation. Great art can also depict raw human emotions, even if the character is a mouse.

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“The Third of May 1808” by Francisco de Goya

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“Prisoners Exercising (after Doré)” by Vincent van Gogh

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“Judith Beheading Holofernes” by Caravaggio

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