Visual Arts Articles

An Introduction to Technical Theatre Programming lighting for a dance show

An Introduction to Technical Theatre (Book Review)

Want to go behind the scenes of a theater production? An Introduction to Technical Theatre lays down the many logistics necessary to putting on a show, from sound and lighting to scheduling and backstage etiquette. The reference guide is intended for high school and college students in theater programs. There are so many facets to …

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Exploring Movie Construction and Production (Book Review)

Are you dreaming of becoming a filmmaker, or maybe just love movies and want to know how they’re made? Exploring Movie Construction & Production is a great place to start. Film students and curious readers will learn about all that goes into making movies, from script to screen. Exploring Movie Construction & Production sets out …

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Visual Arts (the Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Visual Artist)

Articles in the Visual Arts Humans have an incredible innate ability to perceive the world around us through the use of our senses. Although what qualifies as a sense is up to some debate, it is generally agreed that the five primary senses are sight, touch, taste, hearing, and smell. Use of these senses has …

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Outstanding Visual Artists (10 Inspiring Careers)

Painting, sculpture, photography and crafts — these are all pieces of art considered within the realm of “visual art.” Those who create them, along with many others like film and architecture, are called visual artists. Professionals in this realm of creative work may hold a variety of positions from self-made artists to animators with large …

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Famous Paintings (Origins of Six)

A brief discussion of six of the most famous paintings of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The paintings themselves will be familiar to most readers, but here we discuss the context of the works and the less obvious interpretations. From Eugene Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People to Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks, learn more about these famous paintings.

Famous Sculptures

Famous Sculptures (and Their Origins)

According to myth, the first of our ancestors, be they neanderthals or humans, chiseled a large wheel from a boulder. The action brought awe to his cavemen counterparts. Perhaps the brute tools, arrowheads and weapons from our earliest predecessors seem like a far-flung notion of art compared to the hyperrealistic famous sculptures of the last …

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Works By Goya (Analysis of Four)

Goya was an 18th century Spanish painter who lived through the Spanish Inquisition and the Spanish War of Independence. He was very prolific and painted throughout his life, even becoming director of the Royal Academy of Painters. Here we analyze four works done throughout his lifetime and explore how they relate to his idea of the perfect universe.

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Coyolxauhqui (Analysis of the Head of Coyolxauhqui)

In 1829, archeologists unearthed a colossal pre-Columbian stone monument from the foundations of a colonial church in Mexico City. This monument, the Head of Coyolxauhqui, was carved in Tenochtitlan, the center of the Aztec world. We will discuss its iconographical significance, theorize reasons for its creation, its function in the pre-Columbian world, and what became of the monument since.

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Early Renaissance: Competition and Collaboration

Consider the role of competitions and collaboration in the light of the great architectura. Also consider sculptural projects of Early Renaissance Florence (Orsanmichele, Baptistery, Duomo, cantore). To what degree did competition provide the impetus behind the development of new forms? Or was the driving force instead, the rare preponderance of genius in early Renaissance Florence? …

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Death and Persecution in the Early Renaissance

Millard Meiss: “Painting in Florence and Siena After the Black Death” The most important vehicle for political participation of the middle class were the guilds. The true source of citizenship was a membership in a guild, with many various kinds for artists. At the beginning of the Trecento, the style changes manifested by Giotto, Cavallini, …

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Giotto, Donatello, and Duccio: The Greats

Giotto, Donatello, and Duccio have many stylistic differences, but their fame in the early Renaissance and beyond connects them. Giotto, Donatello, and Duccio especially each have a significant work, or multiple, that put them on the early Renaissance “map”. Hayden Maginnis: “In Search of an Artist” In the excerpts of “In Search of an Artist”, …

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Siena in the Trecento: Reasons for the Style

Many times when thinking of the Renaissance, we think only of late-era Florence painters. However there is a lot of merit in discussing early-era architects and painters, especially those of Siena in the trecento. Tim Benton: “The Design of Siena and Florence Duomos” The title “architect” did not exist during this time. However the building …

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Myth of Hercules

The Myth of Hercules Compared to Disney’s Hercules

Originally, the Greek myth was about Heracles, known today through Roman interference, as Hercules. The original significance of the story of Hercules is that even though the unfortunate events that happened to Hercules may have been caused by the gods, usually Hera, he acted with grace and performed his attrition adequately. Instead of killing himself …

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