Guernica is one of Pablo Picassoâ€™s masterpieces. It portraits the Nazi German bombing of the city of Guernica in Spain (April, 26, 1937), during the Spanish Civil War. This mural-size canvas painted in oil conveys a political message, a voice against war: art creation against destruction and death. For this reason and for the strong dramatic and powerful forms of this painting, it became an influential anti-war and anti-fascism symbol. It illustrates the tragedy and suffering of war, of any warâ€¦The violent forms, the brutal fragmentation and anatomic transmutation of the strange figures, the chaotic mixture of people, animals and objects express an unbearable reality of pain and despair: the woman with a flame-lit lamp in her hand (making us recall the Statue of Liberty), the soldier with the broken sword from which a flower grows, the men in terror with his arms raised to the sky, a bull, an agonized horse, fire, a dead child, the black and white option, the lack of colour and of lifeâ€¦.
But, if you think you’ve already seen the painting, check the amazing 3D work of digital artist Lena Gieseke. It gives us an opportunity to explore the artwork from an exceptional perspective. It reveals details and hidden minutiae. For me, her work is also a form of art. Although many will disagree with my statement, it implies a choice of montage with a specific purpose, a selection of images, moments, sounds and tech. tools: in other words, a kind of personal visualization and re-representation of the painting, a form of digital art….
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Anyone who argues that the reinterpretation of the original is not art probably doesn’t know anything about art. Not only does the reinterpretation give use a new and unique spatialtemporal perspective on the work, it also makes it accessible to a new audience without, from my opinion, diminishing the power of the original. The YouTube video alone has received over 130,000 views which is a testament to the ability of the Web as a medium to make art more accessible to the masses.