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Unformatted text preview: chiaroscuro resembling the soft rays of sunlight illuminating the lace maker's work. The background is clear and plain, which leads the viewer to focus more fully on the young woman and her tools. Since symbols were an important part of creating and defining character in neoclassical portraits, the work tools gathered around the young woman emphasize her trade and show her in an environment that is unique to her profession. As if interrupted for a moment, she looks directly at the viewer with a smile, continuing to do her delicate work. The careful, yet unconscious positioning of her hands helps to emphasize how familiar she is with her work. By combining pictorial clarity with a feeling of sensibility, Tropinin has infused a "common" subject with dignity and grace....
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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.
- Fall '10