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Assignment One – Exercises and research

What political, economic and social factors might be influencing practitioners of art in the west today? Environmental  Climate change, re-use, reduce, recycle, upcycling, waste influencing choice and use of materials. Movement away from consumerism to more thoughtful, mindful making and purchasing. Artists using recycled materials: TextileArtists Stonecycling – WasteBasedBricks – recycling old bricks into handmade […]

Assignment Three – Research – Chapter Th

30 years war. Spain in decline. Dutch republic rises to power. Decline of Holy Roman Empire. More tolerance. Rule increasingly parliamentary/republican/autocratic. Papacy recovering from Protestant Reformation – Rome once again artistic centre as was France. (pp 567-8) New beginnings in Rome N Italy, Carracci (idealism) and Caravaggio (naturalism). Contrasting directly with 16th c art theory, […]

Assignment Three – Research – Chapter Te

Assignment Three – Research – Chapter Ten – 15th Century in Europe

Renaissance artists very self-aware. They and humanists (eg. Valla) saw themselves as reviving the arts, rescuing it from a period of decline (p416) However, ‘Dark Ages’ of art something of a myth, promulgated by later writers (arguably the original humanists) eg Petrarch, harking back to what they saw as more noble Classical period. (p416) Humanists […]

Assignment Two – Research – Medieval Arc

Assignment Two – Research – Medieval Architecture

Romanesque/gothic St Peter’s, Salford Crown & Kettle pub, Ancoats St Mary’s Church (the Little Gem) St Mary’s Parish Church Newton with Flowery Field John Rylands Library HMP Strangeways Whitworth Hall (University of Manchester) Manchester Town Hall Medieval Chethams School of Music Baguely Hall, Wythenshawe Clayton Hall, Clayton Manchester and surrounding areas blessed with a number […]