Marquise of dai suggesting that the depiction of the

Info icon This preview shows pages 5–7. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Marquise of Dai, suggesting that the depiction of the royal dragon will provide a safe journey of the soul to heaven in the afterlife. The gates of heaven are guarded by two guards, which suggest the high status of the Marquise upon his entrance to heaven. Under heaven is the present world, or Earth, where the Marquise and her women attendants. There is more color and motifs in this section, demonstrating the sophisticated use of red and yellow paint with accents of green and blue. Below the present world is the nether regions, or Hell. The earth spirits that inhabit the region are represented with grey faces, which express the melancholy and grim atmosphere. Since the Chinese believed that Hell was underwater, the depiction of the serpent-fish monster serves as an antithesis of the celestial dragon of Heaven and indicates that the bottom section of the piece is Hell. The banner as a whole displays the use of the linear style, which is evidently expressed as darker and bolder colors are used to outline the lighter forms in the illustration. The outline of blue and green accents of red and yellow forms demonstrates the formal approach the artist took when producing this piece for the Marquise’s tomb as her soul enters the afterlife.
Image of page 5

Info icon This preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
[82] Painted tile pediment. Polychrome painting on earthenware hollow tiles. Eastern (Middle) Han dynasty, First century CE Founded in the Eastern (Middle) Han dynasty, this is Painted tile, an example of polychrome painting on earthenware titles. The most defining feature of the composition is the brushwork, which enables flexible strokes and linear style techniques. The five gentlemen are outlined in dark paint, which exemplifies the skillful use of linear style with the use of the Chinese brush. The linear style accentuates the use of the three-quarter view in this piece. The spatial representation of the five gentlemen displays the person’s psychological behavior. Accompanied by his blank yet attentive facial expression, the first figure’s three- quarter turn towards the second figure, who appears to be talking to him by his three-quarter turn, suggests that he is listening to the conversation. Located behind the second man, the calm and serene expression of the third man with the parallel three-quarter view of the second indicates that he is patiently waiting to talk to the first man. With his head oriented towards the firth’s three-quarter position, the fourth man’s backward three-quarter view signifies movement to the left, demonstrating human relationships in space. Not only does this view portray the attitude and pose of each figure, but it shows the understanding of the rotation of human beings in space, compositionally represented as the four right figures are oriented in the direction of the far left gentleman. The horizontal composition, however, does not provide a sense of depth due to the absence of diagonal lines.
Image of page 6
Image of page 7
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

{[ snackBarMessage ]}

What students are saying

  • Left Quote Icon

    As a current student on this bumpy collegiate pathway, I stumbled upon Course Hero, where I can find study resources for nearly all my courses, get online help from tutors 24/7, and even share my old projects, papers, and lecture notes with other students.

    Student Picture

    Kiran Temple University Fox School of Business ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    I cannot even describe how much Course Hero helped me this summer. It’s truly become something I can always rely on and help me. In the end, I was not only able to survive summer classes, but I was able to thrive thanks to Course Hero.

    Student Picture

    Dana University of Pennsylvania ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    The ability to access any university’s resources through Course Hero proved invaluable in my case. I was behind on Tulane coursework and actually used UCLA’s materials to help me move forward and get everything together on time.

    Student Picture

    Jill Tulane University ‘16, Course Hero Intern