Ovato Tondo - figure which carries the head high above its...

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Ovato Tondo or Elliptical Format Slide 13-50: Prud'hon, c. 1803 Arnheim says that the Renaissance cherished the circle as the shape of cosmic perfection, the Mannerist and Baroque periods favored the ellipse.
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Slide 13-53: A Cameo The upright ellipse was good for portraits. According to Arnheim, A ... for the portrait, the oval lends welcome assistance in the painter's struggle with the human
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Unformatted text preview: figure, which carries the head high above its center. The upper focal point of the ellipse offers the head . .. a compositional resting place not available in either the tondo or the rectangle." In US currency, Presidents are in elliptical frames. Also note ellipses around the numerals on $1, $5, and $20 bills; elliptical frame around Lincoln Memorial on $5 bill....
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This note was uploaded on 11/05/2011 for the course ARH ARH2000 taught by Professor Karenroberts during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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