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1 Introduction to Analyzing Art

2 Source for this Class  The Annotated Mona Lisa by Carol Strickland  Refer to the AP Materials and Strive for a 5 for advice additional advice on the types of questions relating to artwork

3 Type of Questions: Example 1 E1: The fresco in the picture, The School of Athens, is characteristic of the thought and art of A. Medieval Scholasticism B. the Rococo period C. the Italian Renaissance D. Romanticism E. the Baroque era

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5 Type of Questions: Example 2 E2: A historian would be most likely to cite the sculpture above as an example of the a. material wealth of the post-Second World War Europe b. alienation in modern society c. Obsession of contemporary European culture with athletic prowess d. Scarcity of sculpting materials in Italy immediately after the Second World War e. Revival of Renaissance Humanism

6 Giacometti, Alberto ( ) Man Pointing, 1947 Bronze 70 ½ X 40 ¾ X 16 3/8” Gift of Mrs. John D. Rockefeller to The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

7 How to Look at a Painting  Composition  Movement  Unity and Balance  Color and Light/Dark Contrast  Mood What can you see in the following painting?

8 JEAN LOUIS THÉODORE GÉRICAULT – The Raft of the Méduse Louvre, ; Oil on Canvas

9 Byzantine Art  Eastern Art of Middle Ages: 500’s to 1453  Domed churches, mosaic artwork  Christian religion with Greek taste for decoration and art  Very formal and rigid set of rules  Purpose: Teach religion and beliefs  Influenced: Church and regional cultures

10 Romanesque  Western Religious buildings:  Strict severe outside  Decorative inside

11 Gothic Art  Western Europe Cathedral design:  Name from Gothic tribe and use of “scary” gargoyle features  Flying buttresses, ripped vaulting to open space and make souring appearance  Purpose: inspire mediation and glorify God through grandeur; Community projects  Influence: Church and response to Eastern

12 Renaissance: Italian  Beginning of Modern Painting  High Point of Italian Ren. Art: Quattrocento  Change of medium  Old: Tempura paint on wood or fresco on plaster walls  New: Oil on stretched canvas  Allows for more color and smooth gradations  Perspective: 3D, vanishing points, horizon though different size images  Chiaroscuro: use of light and shadow  Sfumato: tone down, “evaporate like smoke”  Blending of borders  Pyramid Configuration

13 Renaissance: Italian (cont.)  Shift away from art as a tool of religion  Humanists wanted to recreate beauty of nature in a scientific and natural way  Architecture: order, simplicity, harmonious proportions  Sculpture: Contrapposto

14 Renaissance: Italian (cont.)  The following periods of art seek to add to, move away from, or challenge the rules of Renaissance Art


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