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Visits – 18th Century Neo-Classical Hous

Visits – 18th Century Neo-Classical House – Harewood House

‘Neoclassical architecture is an architectural style produced by the neoclassical movement that began in the mid-18th century. In its purest form, it is a style principally derived from the architecture of classical antiquity, the Vitruvian principles, and the work of the Italian architect Andrea Palladio.’ (Wikipedia) Flourished 1750-1830 but as early as the 1680s the French architect Claude Perrault rejected Renaissance concept […]

Assignment Three – Create a version of a

Assignment Three – Create a version of a Dutch still life

Still lifes included ‘Vanitas’ paintings as well as more traditional vases of flowers, arrangements of selected objects. Vanitas paintings take inanimate objects that have hidden significance and meaning. Commonly with moral and religious themes, different objects have different meanings. Often symbols of brevity of life, transience of wealth, death, piety and moral behaviour. Tate gallery: […]

Assignment Three – Prints for Sale

Assignment Three – Prints for Sale

Market/clientele:  17th century merchants Devotional/Religious Narrative Allegorical Dutch Landscapes Domestic interior scenes Still life (allegorical or otherwise) Portraits Historical/social factors: 17th Century Netherlands emerging from 80 years war with Spain. Large wealthy merchant class as country became a political and trading power. North protestant fighting against Spain. South staunchly Catholic. Not much spending on religious […]

Assignment Two – Exercise – Draw classic

The Dying Gaul, Roman copy of a Hellenistic Greek sculpture c200BC Greek Kore wearing Chiton. c500BC, Acropolis Museum Servius Sulpicius Galba, Roman Consul and Emperor 3BC-69AD, bust Trebonianus Gallus, Emperor of Rome 251-253ad – Bronze statue, Metropolitan Museum of Art Analysis of Greek kouros and later Greek statue (describes contrapposto)  

Assignment Three – Exercise: Study some

Assignment Three – Exercise: Study some mythological subjects

Ancient mythological depictions are complex. They may be regarded as a means of making sense of the elements or occurrences that today may be explained by science (Apollo the sun god, Poseidon, god of the ocean). They may also represent versions of real events, sometimes elaborated upon, altered and embellished. Mythological art is also a […]

Assignment One – Exercises (5) – Non-wes

Artists influenced by non-Western art African art Picasso – Les demoiselles d’Avignon. ‘African (or black) period’. Inspired by African statues at Trocadero museum (or possibly by statue shown to him by Matisse). Angular poses, bold colours, figures have features in style and poses similar to African masks. Matisse – Blue nudes (1952) inspired by his […]

Assignment One – Exercises (4) – Exhibit

Grayson Perry’s new work quoting ‘Johnathan Jones’. Photograph: Courtesy of the artist

Art critics have a range of functions, motivations and influences: They may be engaged by different employers with different drivers: Newspapers, magazines, websites, galleries, exhibition and auction catalogues, academic research/publications. Increasingly, they may also dance to their own tune and review via personal blogs and vlogs, unfettered by outside influences (although they may be looking […]