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How to Analyze Works Of ArtThis lecture was in the Gordon Gallery and taught how to describe a work of art may it be apainting or statue. Having to break the piece of art apart to describe it to another person.Key Terms ● Proportions ● Rhythm ● Lines: Diagonal, horizontal, & vertical ● Scale● Light● Texture● Space● Balance● Scale● SpaceDescribe Its Size ● Is it large & small?● What is it shape like? The proportions● Start from the largest item & separate the piece● Small pieces are able to control while large pieces feel overwhelming ○ Ask yourself not if it is overwhelming but what is going on in this larger piece● Rhythm● Emphasis each thin on the work of art● What is the unity & variety in the art pieceLine & Outline ● Soft smooth line clam v. jagged lines which give us a sense of anger or hardened emotion.○ Horizontal: Give a sense of calmness○ Vertical: Stable & ambiguous ● Lines can control a paintingLine & Texture ● Diagonal: like the letter V in paintings make us happy while ^ is more sad & depressionScale, Light, Texture, & Space● Light: Paintings of sunsets are illusions. A piece that allows light to touch in all it places creating shadows.● Texture: What is the texture? The patterns, rhythm, unity, & diversity● What is the process that helped get this pieces texture the way they are…● What do you look at a piece of art for…○ Symmetry, color harmony, & shape○ Diagonal or lines○ Scale○ Proportion○ Rhythm
○ Pattern○ Color: Saturated & high value (intense or bright)● Balance: Radial Balance: Stick a pin in a picture & spin it. It will be the same.○ Emphasis, subordination, & balance● Scale: How small or big● Space: Positive & negative space ○ Negative space is important. It brings character to paintings. Makes it more relatable & characterizes it○ Symmetry ○ Texture
Art Historical Analysis Representation of Space Antiquity & The Renaissance ● Artists work to reproduce the natural world as accurately as possible ● Distant object appear smaller than near ones, this developed the system of linear perspective ● Seeing how detail & color blurred w. Distance, they developed the principles of atmospheric perspective ● Artist studies anatomy, even the dissection of cadavers, to fully understand the human form Space ● Space interacts with the visual elements and helps give them definition. Those the existence of negative and positive spaces.● Three dimensional space has height, width, & depth Picture Paintings Drawing & Others ● Two dimensional space only height & width. There exists the picture plane and the illusion of negative (ground) & positive (figure space)○ Implied Space: Includes overlapping and position (foreground, middleground, background)○ Illusionistic Space: Includes foreshortening, linear, isometric, and atmospheric perspective ■ Maharana Amar Singh II with Ajit Singh of Jodhpur and Sawai Jai Singh of Jaipur 1867● Includes implied space & overlapping ● Artist were viewed as scientist ● Linear Perspective ○ Leonardo da Vinci, The Last Supper, 149597.Space: Illusionistic Representation ● Isometric Perspective: Includes receding rectangle and cube are examples ○ The Siege of Belgrade, Manuscript 1558.
Foreshortening ● Hans Baldung Grien, The Groom and the Witch, c.1540.● Albrecht Dürer, Draftsman Drawing a Reclining Nude, c. 1527.Anamorphic image/ Vanitas/Memento mori●Hans Holbein the Younger, Double Portrait of Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve ("The Ambassadors"), 1533, oil on wood, 207.0 x 209.5 cm., The National Gallery, London○ Standing at a certain position would make the skull appear 3DSpace: Illusionistic ● Atmospheric Perspective: AS objects recede into the distance they become paler, bluer, and less distinct. ○ Bierstadt, The Rocky Mountains, Lander’s Peak, 1863.○ Detail, Gongwang, Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains, 1530.
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School: Old Dominion University
Department: Art History
Course: Introduction to Visual Arts
Professor: Agnieska Whelan
Term: Fall 2018
Tags: Art History, Art, and ARTH
Name: Introduction to Visual Arts, Exam 2: Review
Description: These note cover what is going on in the artwork during its prime.
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