By Laurie Adams
Acceptable for one-semester artwork heritage surveys or historically-focused artwork appreciation sessions, A heritage of Western Art, 5th variation, combines sound scholarship, lavish visuals, and a full of life narrative to supply scholars with an available and fascinating creation to paintings historical past. concentrating on the Western canon, the textual content offers a compelling chronological narrative from prehistory to the current. A non-Western complement, World perspectives: subject matters in Non-Western Art, addresses particular components of non-Western paintings and augments the Western chronology by means of illustrating moments of thematic relationships and cross-cultural touch.
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Chapter 2 considers the visual elements used by artists to communicate the complex layers of meaning in imagery. A review of these elements will facilitate the exploration of art history and archaeology. 9/7/10 12:24:26 PM 2 The Language of Art T he visual arts have their own language, and the artist thinks in terms of that language, just as a musician thinks in sounds and a mathematician thinks in numbers. The basic visual vocabulary consists of formal elements, which include line, shape, space, color, light, and dark.
They respond to formal elements and their aesthetic effect. In order to grasp the effect of formal elements, let us take as an example Brancusi’s Bird in Space (see fig. 2). Imagine how different it would look lying in a horizontal plane. A large part of the effect of the work depends on its verticality. But it also has curved outlines, sleek proportions, and a highly reflective bronze surface. Its golden color might remind one of the sun and thus reinforce the association with birds and sky. What if the texture of Brancusi’s Bird were soft and feathery instead of hard and smooth?
4½ in. 64 m). Musée d’Orsay, Paris, France. Architecture As is true of pictures and sculptures, architecture evokes a response by identification. A building may seem inviting or forbidding, gracious or imposing. One might think of a country cottage as welcoming and picturesque, or of a haunted house as endowed with the spirits of former inhabitants who inflict mischief on trespassers. Architecture is more functional, or utilitarian, than pictures and sculptures. The criteria for a successful building are not only whether it looks good, but also whether it fulfills its function well.
A History of Western Art by Laurie Adams