A Short Excursion Through Europe’s History
by Daphne Szlósarczyk
Once there was a time without cameras and smartphones. There was no possibility to take a “Selfie” or to record a video when something exciting was happening around you. It was an artist’s job and source of income to portray people, who could pay for their art, like royal families, or to depict their requested image motifs. That’s why historical events, as we know them, are often shaped by multiple perspectives of people outside of what actually occurred. Historical paintings have the power to show one or sometimes also several of these perspectives. They are the only visual remains we have of the past.
My goal is to illustrate the complexity of representation and to show a short excursion through Europe’s history through its art history. I chose five famous artists whose artistic motives or depicted events are somehow related to each other. Their paintings are shown through an on-screen presentation, where I repaint and combine them in Photoshop as a speedpainting. The result could be called an “on-screen-speedpainting-photoshop-film”.