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The History of Art, Literature, Music and Philosophy - The History of Art, Literature, Music and Philosophy Question: Examine Steenwyck's Still Life: An Allegory of the Vanities of Human Life, 1621, (Illustration Book, Colour Plate 10) Write an account of this painting, paying attention to the organisation of the pictorial space and how the artist has created a three-dimensional effect through the use of perspective and modelling. Consider, also, how tone, colour, lighting and brushwork are used to portray the objects in the picture....   [tags: Papers] 1121 words
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Interpreting Modern History: Revival of the Appreciation of Art - Modern history was the abandonment of European confinement. I understand modern history as being the revival of the appreciation of art, ideas, and moral values known as the Renaissance. During and before this time period, the majority of the European population was deeply embedded and blinded by the church. It is my understanding that Modern history is comprised of a sequence of events. It was not limited to specific dates, it was a continuous cycle of religious and political strives for power, establishment, and scientific discovery....   [tags: renaissance, reformation, age of exploration]
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The Attempts to Present English Art - The Attempts to Present English Art “Britain had one century of painting.” Elie Faure’s statement summarizes best what critics, art researchers and collectors haven’t had the space, the heart or the inspiration to say in their restless attempts to present English Art. WHY. To answer this question we must take into account more than history and documents, we must evaluate the essence, the soul of the creator, of the English man. Andrew Crawley describes in his book (“England”), the English people as being profoundly conservative.The English men feel, instinctively, that the present is not only the creation of the contemporaries,...   [tags: English Art Artists England History Essays]
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Starry Night over the Rhone – Vincent Van Gogh - Art has been around for hundreds of thousands of years. Throughout history, there have been many artists who have made their mark on the art world, but one in particular is popular and well known among art enthusiasts. Vincent Van Gogh is one of the best known artists of all time and his paintings have become extremely well known and popular among art collectors. Throughout his lifetime, he painted hundreds of various paintings, but there is one painting that he is better known for, and that is Starry Night over the Rhone....   [tags: Art History, Art analysis, artists]
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Comparing Cubism and Surrealism - I have chosen to research the relationship between Cubism and Surrealism and Surrealism and the world of art. Cubism originated in Paris in 1907 and continued to succeed in France until 1914. In about 1911 the rest of the world began to discover this movement and Cubism stuck around until 1919. During the late ninetieth century and early twentieth century the world was just discovering the art of Native Africans, due to the war between Africa and the British diversifying the population which also included natives of the United States, Mexico and Argentina resulting in a spread of culture....   [tags: Art History]
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Murillo's Representations of Seville - Bartolomé Esteban Murillo was a Spanish Baroque painter born in Seville in late December of 1617. While many of his contemporaries would leave their native lands to seek commissions elsewhere, Murillo stayed true to his roots and remained in Seville for most of his life, with the exception of two short stays in Madrid: one from 1642-1645 and the other for several months in 1658. While these excursions –particularly the first– played a noteworthy role in the development of his personal style, Murillo ultimately chose to found his Academy of Painting in his hometown....   [tags: Art History]
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The Shift Between The Middle Ages And Renaissance - The shift between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance was characterized by great socio-economic, political, and religious changes. Politically, the feudal system of the Middle Ages was exchanged for a more stable centralized republic/monarchy system that gave the people more freedom and input. Religiously, secularism became more important as stability gave people a chance to concern themselves with the “here and now” rather than simply the “hereafter.” Socially, there was a shift from dogma and unshakeable belief to humanism and the ability to interpret things for oneself....   [tags: art history] 1352 words
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The Second Set of Doors at the Baptistery - The maintenance and completion of the Baptistery of San Giovanni, one of the oldest and most significant buildings in Florence, was entrusted to the Arte del Calimala Guild. This wool merchants’ guild was the oldest of Florentine guilds and was extremely powerful and wealthy. This wealth and power was due in large part to the fact that Florence was the fabric capitol of Italy. The Baptistery was dedicated to Florence’s patron saint John the Baptist. Consequently, the first set of doors created by Andrea Pisano in 1336 depicted scenes from the life of Saint John the Baptist and was installed on the east or main entrance side....   [tags: Art History]
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Albrecht Durer: Catalyst of the Northern Renaissance - When one thinks of the Renaissance, usually what comes to mind is the Italians or Italy, where artists like Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo Buonarroti, and Raffaello Sanzio trained, studied, and worked. These artists are based mainly in Southern Europe of course, but what about Northern European countries like Germany. What were the Germans up to and how did this new way of thinking as well as new use of techniques and tools spread up there, to Germany, and other countries. It is believed by many that Albrecht Durer was the main catalyst and one of the most important contributors for the Northern Renaissance....   [tags: Art History]
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Renaissance Art - Renaissance Art It is agreed that the Renaissance was a period of great art and architectural feats and ingenuity, during which artists looked back to the classical art of Greece and Rome from which to draw inspiration. This influence can easily be seen in the many paintings and sculpture that came out of the Renaissance. However, the conservative nature of the period, the subject matter, and the restrictions imposed upon artists of that time kept the Renaissance from truly becoming a return to the classics of Greece and Rome....   [tags: Art History Papers] 542 words
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The Third Reich and Entartete Künst - “As for the degenerate artists, I forbid them to force their so-called experience upon the public. If they do see fields blue, they are deranged, and should go to an asylum. If they only pretend to see them blue, they are criminals, and should go to prison. I'll purge the nation of them.” -Adolf Hitler Adolf Hitler's ascension to the position of Chancellor of the ailing Wiemar Republic in 1933 started the National Socialist (Nazi) regime. Shortly before the beginning of World War II, Germany witnessed vast changes while under the new dictatorial government, such as the censorship of art....   [tags: Art History]
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Comparing Late Medieval Crucifixion Versus Renaissance - Duccio di Buoninsegna and his workshop differ from Joos van Cleve in numerous ways. Both artists were influenced by the different works of their time. For instance Duccio lived and worked during the time between Late Medieval art and Pre-Renaissance, which emphasized a change from merely concealing the figures to making them more realistic than previous works of art. Joos van Cleve resided in the Renaissance period, which was later than Duccio by over two hundred years, where the act of making figures more lifelike with an increased amount of depth had been perfected....   [tags: Art History]
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Statues and Sculpture: An Art Form that Depicts Human History - ... Upon her crown are seven rays that represent freedom to all the seven continent’s citizens who come to this country seeking freedom. Her right arm is raised in the air above her head carrying a torch that light’s the way to that freedom. Her outer skin is covered in thin copper sheets that over time patina giving the statue her green hue. Some may not know as well that the statue’s internal structure is just as famous as her outer appearance. The internal steel framework that holds the statue together was engineered by none other than Gustave Eiffel, the same designer who constructed the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France....   [tags: Values, Culture] 1942 words
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The Role of Vocabulary in Understanding Science, Mathematics, History and Art Concepts - When acquiring knowledge from the areas of science, mathematics, history and art, we use language as a tool to understand or communicate certain concepts. Language consists of vocabulary- a set of words that a person may use while communicating these concepts. If we consider living without any language, would we still know what we know. The answer is quite possibly, no. Naturally, as vocabulary is a part of a language, it too plays an essential role in the understanding and communication of these concepts....   [tags: Language ]
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Innovation and Traditionalism in Art - I am sure that we have all, at one time or another, noticed that almost any discussion concerning the merits and demerits of art, if it goes on long enough will come to the qualities of innovation and traditionalism in regards to aesthetic value. As soon as these two qualities are mentioned, there comes an inevitable forming up of those who favor innovation and deride tradition and those who favor tradition and deride innovation. Either side usually admits only enough merit to their opposition, and limitation of their own view, to make themselves seem reasonable and objective: but the bulk of their effort goes into savaging their opponents and extolling the ultimately ascendant nature...   [tags: Art Artistic Arts History Essays] 3383 words
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The Sculptures of the East and West Pediments of The Temple of Zeus at Olympia - Use of Movement and Characterisation in the Sculptures of the East and West Pediments of The Temple of Zeus at Olympia The architectural sculpture of the Temple of Zeus at Olympia dates from between 465 and 457BC. Putting the temple into historical context, this was a somewhat flourishing time in Greek history, drama, and philosophy. In 490BC, the Athenians won a great victory at Marathon against the Persians, and in 480BC the Persians sacked Athens but were eventually defeated in a naval victory for the Athenians at Salamis....   [tags: Art History] 1746 words
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History of Brown vs. Board Through Art - History Through Art Brown vs. Board was a landmark case that changed America’s education forever. Some of these changes produced many opinions among the different states. One county even shut their public schools down for five years and posted signs blaming it on the Government. I am shocked that picture wasn’t in the exhibition at the Krannert Art Museum. Many of the featured artists have found their calling in capturing some aspects of the racial issue especially the equal education facet. The forms of painting and photography will remain in our world for many years and will help educate future generations on how those in our time coped with the feelings that racism brought to many of us....   [tags: Race Racial Segregation American History] 1264 words
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The Wandering Nature of the Artist in the Altermodern Context - If heterochronic elements brought together form one of the main components of the altermodern, the wandering spirit of the artist is its complementary part. He is a wanderer, an individual in quest for ‘something’, trying to discover a higher meaning or simple, absurd facts, woven out of threads of fantasy or from the past experience. Throughout modernism, referring to the changes started in Renaissance, the artist looked at all times towards ‘something’ to discover. Nowadays, the times have changed: there are no patterns, no rules of what is allowed or not; anything is permitted and that is the only rule to be followed....   [tags: art history]
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Art Spiegelman's Maus - Prisoner on the Hell Planet - A Case History - Art Spiegleman's comic book within the comic book Maus is titled "Prisoner on the Hell Planet: A Case History." This text within a text describes, in horrific detail through pictures, Artie's failed effort to get through the painful loss of his mother due to suicide. This text also in a way, represents a part of Artie's mind where he expresses his feelings of loneliness, doubt, fear, anger, and blame through the form of a dark, gloomy, depressing cartoon. In the first frame on page 100 nest to the title "Prisoner on the Hell Planet: A Case History," including this picture of Artie and his mother at Trojan Lake in 1958 (ten years before his mother killed herself)....   [tags: Art Spiegelman's Maus] 1766 words
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Critical Analysis of Michael Baxandall's Conditions of Trade - In the article “Conditions of Trade,” Michael Baxandall explains that fifteenth-century Italian art is a “deposit” resulting from the commercial interaction between the artist and the purchaser, who he refers to as a client. These works, as such, are “fossils of economic life,” and money, and they play an important role in the history of art. In our current perception of the relationship between the artist and art, “painters paint what they think is best, and then look around for a buyer” . However in the past, especially during the Renaissance period, the customers determined the content and form of paintings, as it was them who commissioned the work before it was created....   [tags: Commercial Interaction, Art History]
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Glass Industry: Tapio Wirkkala , Gianni Toso, and Henry Halem - In the vast world of glass, three artists have made a great impact on the way we see the medium as an art form. These three artists, Tapio Wirkkala , Gianni Toso, and Henry Halem have helped to pioneer new methods and ideas in this complex industry. Tapio Wirkkala was a highly versatile Finnish artist born in 1915. His work ranges from glassware and metalwork, to jewelry and furniture for mass production. During his career, he was artistic director of the University of Arts and Design in Helsinki for many years.He is known quite famously for his work in the Finnish glassworks company, Ittala....   [tags: geometric design, art history] 597 words
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Achilles and Ajax Playing Dice by Exekias - History Research Paper Greek art is considered as a turning point for the development of all aspects of cultural art history, such as architecture, sculpture, pottery and painting. The ancient Greek civilization was famous for its mythical and aesthetic principle in the art culture. Renowned for the pottery, Greek had developed its unique painting technique called the black-figured. “Achilles and Ajax playing Dice” by Exekias is the most significant black-figure amphora for its iconography and that represents the ideal art principle and history of the ancient Greece....   [tags: cultural art history, greek]
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Hermenegildo Bustos and the Retablos He is Known For - There have been many artist who have risen to popularity in the land known as Mexico and there are many who also have become world renown. Heremenegildo Bustos not only was the pride of his town, but historically eventually became known as one of the best Mexican artist of the turn of the Century. Although Bustos was mainly a portraitist he had a superb ability in creating retablos and exvotos which he became well known for. "The retablo, a small painting on tin, usually celebrates a miraculous recovery from injury or illness or a providential escape from an accident....   [tags: Mexican painter, art history]
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The Christ in Majesty with Symbols of the Four Evangelists - ... Christ is also surrounded by stars, which could represent the heavens and his own divine nature. The Four Symbols of the Evangelists surround him as reminders to the Revelation of Saint John in the last book of the bible about the coming apocalypse, when the judgment of the people occurs. Around these symbols, the artist placed seven lamps to symbolize the seven Christian communities where Saint John addressed his revelation . In the band below, separated by geometric designs similar to San Vitale, the twelve apostles with halos stand holding books....   [tags: notorious paintings, Art history]
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Tenth Century Relief Sculpture: Shiva Family - Shiva’s Family is a tenth century relief sculpture made of sandstone from a region of India known as Uttar Pradesh. The sculpture stands approximately two feet in height, one foot in width, and six inches in depth. This elaborate relief depicts Shiva, Hindu god of destruction, and his wife Parvati (Uma-Mahaeshvara) seated on a lotus, the symbol of the universe, which in turn is supported by the bull Nandin, the vehicle of Shiva. This theme of the divine couple is arguably the quintessential image of later Hindu period sculpture in north India because of its intricate and multifaceted details....   [tags: art history and analysis] 779 words
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Jazz and It's History - Jazz and It's History Jazz started when World War I had just ended and a social revolution was on it's way. Customs and values of previous were rejected. Life was to be lived to the fullest. This was also known as the era of the "lost generations," and the "flapper" with her rolled stockings, short skirts, and straight up-and-down look. They disturbed their elders in the casino, night clubs, and speakeasies that replaced the ballrooms of prewar days. Dancing became more informal - close of the nineteenth century in the unpleasant dance halls and whorehouses of the South and Midwest where the word Jazz commonly meant sexual intercourse....   [tags: Music Art Jazz History] 1259 words
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The Surrealist Group - What if dreams could be seen, heard, and read rather than just experienced. What if there were a way to express the unconscious consciously, and how could one go about accomplishing this. In the early 1920’s a small group of writers grappled with similar questions. This group grew to include upwards of twenty artists and became the Surrealist Group. There were many revolutionary and imaginative artists in the Surrealist group, Magritte being one of them. In his painting completed in 1933, The Human Condition, Magritte comments on the perception of the human condition as only a painter can – through paint....   [tags: Art History] 1143 words
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Antoni Gaudi's Works and Their Influence on Modern Spanish Architecture - The well-known Spanish architect, Antoni Gaudi, once said, “Originality consists of returning to the origin. Thus, originality means returning, through one’s resources, to the simplicity of the early solutions.” (qtd. in Craven n.p.) This quote is a great reflection of Gaudi’s unique style and works. Barcelonian architecture in the time of Gaudi was characterised by the Catalan Modernisme movement. Gaudi, being one of the movement’s representatives, showed his creativity and his individuality though his works which were inspired by nature....   [tags: Art History]
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Coleman Hawkins Reign during the Harelm Renaissance - Coleman Hawkins' Reign During the Harlem Renaissance A very big part of the 1920's was the Harlem Renaissance also known as the "New Negro Movement." It brought out the art, music, and literature side of most African American people. This took place in New York and during the 1920's and ended around the early 1940's. Coleman Hawkins was an African American figure during the Harlem Renaissance that sparked jazz music. A modern figure that resembles Coleman Hawkins is BB King, who continues to promote black culture....   [tags: Art History] 1649 words
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Italian Painters of The Renaissance - The Renaissance 15th Century Italian Painters: Art Appreciation The Renaissance: 15th Century Italian Painters. So the first of three painters were going to explore today will start with a painter from the early Renaissance is Martin Schongauer. The piece we are going to talk about is the Temptation of Saint Anthony, 1480-1490. When you look at Schongauer’s work, who a son of a Goldsmith learned most of is skills from his father’s workshop. He became one of Italy’s Most highly esteemed painters with works like Temptation of Saint Anthony, Madonna im Rosenhag which were influenced by his idol Roger Van Wyden....   [tags: Art History] 1153 words
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History of Pablo Picasso and his Art - History of Pablo Picasso and his Art Pablo Picasso was a Spanish painter and sculptor, generally considered the greatest artist of the 20th century. He was unique as an inventor of forms, as an innovator of styles and techniques, as a master of various media, and as one of the most prolific artists in history. He created more than 20,000 works. Picasso's genius manifested itself early: at the age of 10 he made his first paintings, and at 15 he performed brilliantly on the entrance examinations to Barcelona's School of Fine Arts....   [tags: Pablo Picasso Artists Painters Sculptors Essays] 1416 words
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The Modernism Movement - Modernism started as a movement around late 19th and 20th centuries. It rejected the conventional forms of art, architecture, literature, religious faith, social organisation and everyday life as they felt it was incompatible with the new economical, social and political conditions that was emerging at that period of time. Many distinctive styles can be defined as modernist, but majority of them had very similar values and theories on different aspects of society. It gave birth to a whole array of art, cultural and political movements....   [tags: Art History] 1130 words
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Confronting Images - Georges Didi-Huberman is critical of the conventional approaches towards the study of art history. Didi-Huberman takes the view that art history is grounded in the primacy of knowledge, particularly in the vein of Kant, or what he calls a ‘spontaneous philosophy’. While art historians claim to be looking at images across the sweep of time, what they actually do might be described as a sort of forensics process, one in which they analyze, decode and deconstruct works of art in attempt to better understand the artist and purpose or expression....   [tags: Art History] 1639 words
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Cartes de Visite - Cartes de visite are small, commonly albumen, prints average size 2.5” x 4” usually mounted onto cardstock. Cartes de visite became wildly popular in the late 1850s and continued to be made for decades after. Although originated in the Europe, cartes de visites became prevalent in several countries around the world. “The format was an international standard; for the first time, relatives and friends could exchange portraits, knowing they would find a place in the recipient's family album--whether that album was located in Brooklyn, Berlin or Brazil.” One of the many reasons why cartes de visite became wildly popular in such short time, is that unlike earlier photography processes, such as t...   [tags: Art History]
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Art History Review on Monet´s The Grand Canal, Venice 1908 - Monet's use of color along with use of intricate brush strokes and composition is outstanding. The vast variations of brush strokes and color placement techniques are what make his work so unique and individual. Grand Canal, Venice, 1908 is a prime example of Monet's talents in these areas. The structure of the painting is very loose. There are few hard lines in the composition that represents solid structure. The curves in conjunction with the shades of color as well as light usage give the piece a mirage-like effect....   [tags: essays research papers] 1430 words
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The Odyssey Landscapes - The Odyssey Landscapes, discovered on the Esquiline Hill in Rome in the nineteenth century, are Roman paintings set within a Second-style scheme (Ling 1991, 110). Ling argues that many scholars believe that the artist of the paintings may borrow heavily from prototypes of the original masterpiece (1991, 110). Positioned 5.5 meters from the bottom of the wall, the masterpiece depicts Homer’s epic, The Odyssey, when Odysseus arrives at the land of the Laestrgonians and when he enters the land of the Underworld (Ling 1991, 110)....   [tags: Art History]
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An Age of Reason, An Age of Passion - An Age of Reason, An Age of Passion The period following the Renaissance focused the human attention toward the beauty of nature. It was man’s turn to be part of the nature and not the other way around. The term picturesque—or “compared to a picture” as Michael Woods defines it — defines new characteristics of the art from this period. This period, “An Age of Reason, An Age of Passion,” had a dual nature—rational, responsive to reason, but also anti-rational, responsive to emotion. “Making one’s way through the intellectual history of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, one must be aware of the shifting meaning of such words as rationalism, naturalism, classicism, romanticism....   [tags: Art History]
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The History of the Term Academy Explained in “Academies of Art; Past and Present” by Nikolaus - ... In fifteenth and sixteenth century the term was changed for the groups formed under the influence of various personalities. In seventieth century Cicero’s villa got the name of academy which was another development. In Greece humanists widened the term and used it for a philosophical system. The word ‘academy’ was also used for the learned friends of the well-known poets and artists. In Italy the term was also used for the Platonic philosophy, Aristotelian philosophy and a number of other sets of ideas....   [tags: scholors, readers, greek] 753 words
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The Role of the Church in the Renaissance - The Christian Church was absolutely instrumental in the art of the Renaissance. It was the driving force behind every inspiration; without the Church, there would have been no art. The Church was the only institution powerful enough to be able to support the commissions of all of the artwork, and it was the only institution, in which people had enough faith and devotion to spend so much of their time and money creating pieces that—although beautiful—were not necessities. The role of religion in art actually began during the Byzantine era....   [tags: Art History Religion]
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Illusionistic Ceiling Painting of the Seventeenth Century - ... 3 (Autumn, 1992), pp.287-313, Published by: Master Drawings Association Title: Baroque Architecture, Sculpture, and Painting Author(s): Rolf Toman Source: Baroque Sculpture in Italy, France, and Central Europe, pp. 375-378 Published by: Tandem Verlag, 2007 Title: Baroque and Rococo Author: Germain Bazin Source: Part One: The Seventeenth Century, pp. 28-33 Published by: Thames and Hudson Ltd, London, 1964 Title: Studies in Seventeenth Century French Art Theory and Ceiling Painting Author: Carl Goldstein Source: The Art Bulletin, Vol....   [tags: art history, artisitic analysis]
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Impressionist Paintings as Documents of Paris Capital of Modernity - Impressionist Paintings as Documents of Paris Capital of Modernity Impressionist paintings can be considered documents of Paris capital of modernity to a great extent. This can be seen in their subjects, style of painting, and juxtaposition of the transitive and the eternal. The phrase Paris capital of modernity refers to the time in the second half of the nineteenth century when Paris was considered one of the most innovative cities in the world. This was largely a result of Haussmann’s renovation of the city between 1851 and 1869....   [tags: Art History Religion]
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A Study of Oswaldo Guayasamin's Paintings - Oswaldo Guayasamin is the most important Ecuadorian painter of the 20th century. His art in his own words was highly compromised with his political and social views, but that did not adversely affect the symbolic and emotional depth his work carries. One of this artist biggest concerns was the treatment of his fellow indigenous tribes that still live mostly in the Sierra and Oriental regions of Ecuador. His series La Edad de la Ira reflects that concern with an eclectic use of art technics, strongly appealing to the viewers’ sensitivity to Indians plights and suffering....   [tags: Art History, Ecuador]
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Peter Paul Ruben's Venus and Adonis - Peter Paul Rubens’ masterpiece, Venus and Adonis, is not only a significant artwork of the baroque-period in Europe during the 17th century, but it also tells the mythological story that begins with love, and ends in tragedy. Displayed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, this painting is admired for representing the unique baroque-style of this era, as well as Rubens’ particular use of the medium and how it reaches those who are viewing it. His attention to detail and crafty use of symbolism within the painting assist viewers in deciphering the story, along with the values of the time period in which Rubens was living....   [tags: Formal Analysis, Art History] 936 words
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Research Project: Las Meninas Paintings - Research Project: Las Meninas Paintings Velazquez first painted Las Meninas in 1656 as a portrait for the king of Spain. Many other artists have attempted to recreate or make their own rendition of the subject. Pablo Picasso made a series of 55 paintings pertaining to the same subject of Las Meninas. regarded as one of the most influential paintings, many artists have taken inspiration form this monumental work. One of my first cultural awakenings happened when I was 10. In the summer entering fifth grade, my parents took us on a trip to Spain....   [tags: Art History, Humanities]
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The Role of Truth in Different Areas of Knowledge - In three areas of knowledge - art, science and history truth is very different and distinguished from one another. Especially the meaning and the role that the truth plays are very different. The dictionary definition of truth according to the oxford diction is “that which is true or in accordance with fact or reality” or “a fact or belief that is accepted as true”. Finding truth in the three areas of knowledge hugely depends on how the person perceives truth. Thus truth is very subjective since truth is differently perceived by different individuals....   [tags: Art, Science, History]
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Plundering the Past by Picasso - Art evolves over time, adapting influences from past artists, from society and from current events. Recently it seems artwork has taken on a subjectivity that allows artist and viewer alike more of an ability to interpret the artwork. John Richardson’s essay within A Life of Picasso entitled “Plundering the Past,” discusses the approach that viewers of artwork should look at a piece of artwork and try to see the influences the artist had while creating it. These influences could be from past artists or past periods of art history, or it could be influences from events in society....   [tags: Art Analysis, Pablo Picasso, Art History]
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Influence of Design Trends in Modern Design - “An art movement is a tendency or style in art with a specific common philosophy or goal, followed by a group of artists during a restricted period of time, or, at least, with the heyday of the movement defined within usually a number of years.” This essay outlines and defines three specifically chosen design trends that have been most influential in today’s modern designs. First of all the use of art movements in society are extremely under acknowledged and recognised. "Design is like gravity - the force that holds it all together." - E A Whitney The subject of ‘art movement’ is not to be mistaken for as diminutive with similar to shallow value, but quite the opposite as it can and has...   [tags: Art Movement, History]
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An Overview of Postmodernism - The political climate at the beginning of the 1940’s and the changes taking place all around the world drastically influenced the face of contemporary society. The invasion of Poland by Germany on 1st of September 1939 was the first stone thrown in the face of freedom of expression and liberty out of the many that followed for the next decades. The dawn of the Second World War was one of the premises that forced many European artists, pioneers par excellence in their field, through their French or German inherited status, to immigrate across the ocean....   [tags: art history, altermodern]
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