March 29, 2011
Thomas Cooper Gotch's "The Child Enthroned"
This painting is very unusual for its strict symmetry, which is a wonderful and powerful stylistic device that is rarely used to this extent. If you look carefully, however, you'll notice that there are subtle non-symmetrical areas, such as the positions of the hands (the hand on the right is slightly lower) and the lighting on the dress. This extreme unification lends an obvious seriousness and a purposefulness to the character of the child.
Through design, this painting perfectly exemplifies Ayn Rand's words: "Art brings man’s concepts to the perceptual level of his consciousness and allows him to grasp them directly, as if they were percepts."