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02 Study Aid - Early Renaissance

02 Study Aid - Early Renaissance - ART 1012 Art History...

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ART 1012 Art History Survey II Fall 2009 Section KM 24 Professor Maciuika Study Aid 2: Early Renaissance Remember: Formal Analysis of a work of art involves assessing the properties of the artwork from a variety of points of view. This includes examining such questions as: Is the work symmetrical or asymmetrical? Balanced or not balanced, and in what ways? Static or dynamic? Rough or smooth? Rhythmic or anti-rhythmic? Formal Analysis also inquires into the subject matter of the artwork, as well as its explicit and implicit meanings. Artworks frequently contain literary references, symbolic references, associations of a direct or indirect nature, poetic resonances of meaning achieved through a variety of means. All of these features represent common practices among artists in different ways, who work within and outside conventions using their visual language. Terms to remember: “ Renaissance :” The historian Jacob Burckhardt coined the term “Renaissance,” meaning “rebirth,” in his 1860 book,
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