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Art is Art

What is considered art has been a controversial question for many years in history and today. There are various forms and types of art. Because art is very complex and diverse, it is viewed and conceptualized in many different ways. Nancy G. Heller states even though a type of artwork is hard to understand, it’s…

An Analysis on “American Gothic” by Grant Wood

“Without atmosphere a painting is nothing.” This is a quote by Dutch painter and Etcher. There have been several painters who focused on the atmosphere of the locations or spots that they chose to draw on their canvas. However, some of the painters founded themselves mysteriously involved into the environments of places that they visited….

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Arguments in favor of a Renaissance

Arguments in favor of a Renaissance education: Renaissance education taught people how to be innovative. Renaissance education had people multi-tasking and doing different activities. You could know how to do different activities and be multi-talented it would help you later in life. Arguments in favor of a specialized education Specialized education teaches you in one…

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Francisco Goya: The Third of May, 1808

Formal Analysis This is a painting of the Spanish painter Francisco Goya entitled El 3 de Mayo de 1808 (The Third of May, 1808). The work was painted in 1814. It is an Oil on canvas and it is dimensions are 8’9” x 3’4”. It is located at the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid,…

Comparing Leonardo Da Vinci with Michelangelo

Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo Buonarroti were, and still are considered to be two of the greatest minds, even geniuses of the Renaissance. But which one is more of a genius than the other? Leonardo Da Vinci was born on April 15th, 1452, son to a notary called Ser Piero. Ser Pier has sex with…

Nicolas Poussin – The Rape of the Sabine Women

In The Rape of the Sabine Women, there is no obvious vanishing point. There is great depth to this composition, which is created through a multitude of techniques. Although there are several buildings and man made objects, linear perspective is not extremely defined. However, aerial perspective is apparent. The colors of the building are muted,…

Jim Dine’s biography

Jim Dine was born in Cincinnati Ohio (then a quiet river town), during 1939, of a middle class Jewish family. His father owned a paint and plumbing supply store, and his grandfather owned a hardware store. His mother was loving and his childhood memories are pleasant ones. He took his first painting classes at the…

Leonardo da Vinci’s – The Last Supper

The Last Supper is a unique painting. One of the reasons it is so different is that the canvas it is painted on is much wider than it is tall. By looking at the painting you can see that da Vinci is painting a gathering of people with the one in the middle of the…

Gladioli by Monet

The painting, Gladioli, by Claude Monet is temporarily on display in the Italian wing of the Detroit Institute of Art. Due to the renovations being made to the newer sections of the museum, only the “old”, main area of the museum is open to the public during the construction, so Gladioli had to be moved…

Jacob Isaacksz van Ruisdael’s ‘Wheatfields’

Ruisdael’s painting, Wheatfields, depicts a Dutch rural panoramic landscape. The medium used is oil on canvas and the actual size of the composition is very large, which adds to the grandeur created through his techniques of depiction. Ruisdael painted Wheatfields in c. 1670 in the later years of his life. The organisation of Ruisdael’s pictorial…

“Death Of Constable Scanlon” – Sidney Nolan

When Sidney Nolan painted the Ned Kelly series, he was interested in an ‘authentic national vision’. The first series was made up of 27 paintings from 1946-1947. The paintings all-together form a storyboard, telling the legend of Ned Kelly. One of them in particular is ‘Death of Constable Scanlon’. The series, including this one, were…

“Victory Girls” by Albert Tucker

In 1943 Albert Tucker painted ‘Victory Girls’, a very odd, gruesome reflection of society at that time. It was a feature in a series known as the Images Of Modern Evil painted in the space of 1943 – 1947. ‘Victory Girls’ is an oil on canvas artwork. The paint is applied thick and in long…

Monet’s Waterlilies

For as long as I can remember, water lilies have always been a sign of peacefulness to me. This is one of the reasons I have always been drawn to Claude Monet’s Bridge over the Water-lily Pond (1905). The green hues in this piece bring me a feeling of happiness. The Bridge over the Water-lily…

“Watson and the Shark” by John Singleton

John Singleton Copley’s interpretation of a horrifying disaster in Brooke Watson and the Shark stands out as a romanticised horror painting. Watson and the Shark, an oil on canvas painting, was completed in 1778 and belongs to the ’18th Century American political’ period. The painting is an oil on canvas and stands 182 cm tall…

“Guernica” by Picasso and The “Third of May” by Goya

Picasso’s “Guernica” (1937) and Goya’s “The Third of May” (1814) are paintings that are created to communicate an issue of concern of the artist. In order to truly understand the impact that these paintings have on people, and why that impact is so strong, a person must analyse the content of them. The first reaction…

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