ARH252 Practice Comparison Hals and Houdon

ARH252 Practice Comparison Hals and Houdon - statue is...

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Art History 252- Professor Onorato 4/08 Artist: Frans Hals Artist: Jean-Antoine Houdon Title: The Jolly Toper Title: George Washington Date: c. 1628-1630 Date: 1788-1792 Medium: Oil on Canvas Medium: Marble Place: Amsterdam Place: Virginia -Props -Attire -Posture/gesture -Shadow/lighting These two pieces of art, one a sculpture and one a painting differ in many ways. However, they also have strong similarities. The marble sculpture of George Washington by Jean-Antoine Houdon has strong embedded symbolism within it. Starting with the stance and posture or positioning of the figure with a strong foot forward and a bold facial expression. The figure also has many props all of which are used to signify his importance. The bundled dowels tied together are potentially symbols of Americanism. The classical language is conveyed in George Washington ’s ceremonial axe handle in his left hand. This
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Unformatted text preview: statue is similar to the oil on canvas painting of The Jolly Topper , as it’s symbolism has underlying meaning as well. An unknown sitter sits with a smirk, in attire of higher class, and a hat illuminated by a glowing light that isn’t shadowed his right hand holds a mug that is symbolic of who he is. The topper’s hand is in a pose that suggests an oath or taking a step back, pushing away something or someone. The painting differs from the sculpture because it has defined lines, where a sculpture cannot. It also has a less three dimensional point of view. The statue of George Washington has a defined 3-D space but is also brought to life with the shapes chosen for use by the artist while the painting has some shadowing on the right but not enough to create a whole spatial area. Both artists created works that clearly illustrate their time period....
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This note was uploaded on 05/03/2008 for the course ARH 252 taught by Professor Onorato during the Spring '08 term at Rhode Island.

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