Chapter4 - Chapter 4 Derived Meaning Art and architecture...

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Chapter 4 Derived Meaning Art and architecture have meaning. They are simultaneously expression and communication. Artists “shape” their work to visually express a complex set of ideas, and the audience receives that expression. Architects create usable spaces, but their structures are also significant beyond their functionality. Focuses of Chapter: 1)Formal Analysis of artwork- is an integrated study of all the formal qualities of an art object that are apparent just by looking at the work, and the meaning that can be derived from them. 2)Reading the content Content- an artwork’s themes or messages. Some aspects may be obvious just by looking at an artwork, others must be learned, content is conveyed primarily in 3 ways: (1) through the artwork’s subject matter (2) through its symbolic or iconographic references that go beyond the subject matter (3) studying the written materials and cultural background that explain the artwork’s content Subject matter- what is the artwork about? Subtexts- underlying themes or messages Iconography-literally means “image” and “to write” is a system of symbols that allows artists to refer to complex ideas. Can be embedded in architecture. Ex. Lucifer: Splashes of paint are not just splashes but metaphors for artistic energy Metaphor- an image or element that is descriptive of something else
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