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  • Three Components Of Traditional Islamic Art
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    There exist three basic components of traditional Islamic art: calligraphy, geometric patterns, and floral and vegetal motifs. These three stylistic tools are beautifully rendered and masterfully integrated into complex works of art, but there is no question that artistic expression is severely limited under these categorizations. However, this limitation stems from Islamic theology and concept of art. The main reason for the limitation imposed on visual art is the Islamic theological prohibitio...
  • Buddhist Sculptures Of Gupta Period
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    Two Periods of Buddhist Art in India Less than 1% of the population of modern India is Buddhist. Therefore, it is reasonable to say that Indias importance for Buddhism and its art is mainly its historical influence. Not only is India the country where the historical Buddha, Sakyamuni, lived and taught, but it is the land where the first images of the Buddha were produced and where Buddhist iconography and symbolism evolved. Being a student whose family originates in India, I am interested in som...
  • Rodin's Sculpture
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    The Prodigal Son Next time you venture to the Art Gallery of New South Wales, go and have a look at The Prodigal Son. Study it for a few minutes; take a deep breath, stop thinking, and try to feel with your emotions. I felt sorrow and then pity as I quickly moved from compassion to empathy. Mixed with that pity was the relief that I do not know the tension and emotional pain the figure projects. Earth hath no sorrow that heaven cannot heal Thomas Moore. Auguste Rodin embodied these words in his ...
  • Realism And Romanticism
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    At the end of the Baroque Period in the eighteenth and nineteenth century art was divided into two distinct categories, Romanticism and Realism. Romanticism, the passion-filled works illustrating stimulating accounts of specific events with symbolic gestures emerging from the scene, separated itself from the more politically correct stance taken by Realists. A fine example of Romanticism is Gricaults Raft of the Medusa. The brutal scene, set afloat on the wild seas, is emphasized by the chiarosc...
  • Chord With Toy Collectors And Art Lovers
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    There's a movement under foot. It's a blend of art and toys and it's struck a chord with toy collectors and art lovers alike. It's Urban Vinyl and this is a brief history for those who'd like to learn a little more about this art movement in the making. First, to understand Urban Vinyl, one must throw aside their conventional ideas of what makes a great toy. Sure, design of the piece plays a big part in the making of both. But the big difference is that Urban Vinyl is original from the start. Th...
  • Example Of Symbolic Art
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    The Importance of Art Throughout the ages art has played a crucial role in life. Art is universal and because art is everywhere, we experience it on a daily basis. From the houses we live in (architecture) to the movies we see (theatre) to the books that we read (literature). Even in ancient culture art has played a crucial role. In prehistoric times cave dwellers drew on the wall of caves to record history. In biblical times paintings recorded the life and death of Christ. Throughout time art h...
  • Painting Against The Rules Of Classical Art
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    Issues of Mannerism The movement in painting that is now referred to as Mannerism began in Italy around 1520, influenced artists throughout Europe, and lasted until the end of the 16th century. The word Mannerism originates from the Italian word maniera which translates into the English word style. The basis of Mannerism then is style; its a period of art where the focus was on grace and beauty. While preceding trends of Renaissance art looked to nature to find their style, working to perfect it...
  • Joe Bot And Untitled
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    Some works might make viewers laugh out loud; others may provoke a smile while still others will probably induce no more than an un exhibited amusement, (SJMA The Lighter Side of Bay Area Figuration, 1). Susan Landauer says this in regards to the latest exhibit at the San Jose Museum of Art. The show offers a wide range of pieces from the technically proficient to the texturally interesting; all had a lighthearted quality. I found Joe Bot by Clayton Bailey and Untitled by Joan Brown to be two pa...
  • Middle Assyrian Art
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    Mesopotamian Art and Architecture The arts and buildings of the ancient Middle Eastern civilizations developed in the area (now Iraq) between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers from prehistory to the 6th century BC. Their art reflects both their love and fear of natural forces, as well as their military conquests. The soil of Mesopotamia yielded the civilization's major building material, mud brick. This clay also was used by the Mesopotamian for their pottery, terra-cotta sculpture, and writing ta...
  • Abakanowicz's Work
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    Magdalena Abakanowicz Magdelana Abakanowicz was born in 1930 near Falenty, Poland. Between 1950 and 1954 she studied at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts, and sought to escape from the conventional art forms through weaving. This artist has gone through many significant artistic changes. From 1954-1960 she painted a series of large gouaches on paper and canvas. She described that feelings, "My medium will be a part of my self and painting is just a forerunner of my future". During the 1960's Abaka...
  • Shift In Picasso's Figurative Style
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    Art and Society Introduction Each one of the artists I will discus have very different and individual styles. No artist will draw the human figure the same and there is no correct way of drawing the human figure either. An artist develops his / her style through imagination, feelings, or past experiences e.g. WWI and WWII. Over time styles change and a new way of drawing is discovered. Matisse, Picasso and Moore are my favourite three artists and all differ in their drawings of the human figure....
  • Morrison's Prospero Figure
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    To follow, still researching topic A. MORRISON AND JOEL CHANDLER HARRIS I. The Authors and the Narrators Considering our study of Joel Handler Harris's Uncle Remus stories, particularly the relationship between Harris as white author and Uncle Remus as his black narrator / character, one comes to Morrison's book as a retelling that is more than a new rendition (like the one Lester produced by Lester -- see study guide from last time), but that has some goals that resemble Lester's. Morrison, too...
  • Alberto Giacometti
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    His purpose was to express the? totality of life? and? find the real through external experiences? He was celebrated for his elongated figures that followed his break from the surrealists. But, who was Alberto Giacometti? Alberto Giacometti was born in 1901 in the Italian speaking town Borgo nova, Switzerland. Being the son of Giovanni Giacometti, an impressionist painter, he was encouraged in art at an early age. Giacometti had great confidence in his drafting ability at the age of 10, and at 1...

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