At the Parthenon in Nashville, TN there is this painting the Wreck. It speaks for itself. I would like to comment on it. The light is what draws your eye. Art is usually capturing the light or what the light exposes–what is seen.
In this painting, there is the wrecked ship on the rocks. The pummel of the water is relentless, the power of water is incredible. Eroding, smashing, pushing, destroying. Yet water is a cleansing agent as well.
In the distance is the light shining through the clouds. Light is a symbol of wisdom, also hope, even of life.
Like literature, the reader, in this case the viewer can interpret or find himself within the art.
So the ship is wrecked on the rocks, but there are other ships in the distance and most importantly, the light piercing through in the near distance.