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Wassily Kandinsky

In the 19th Century, paintings were very structured. Artists painted what they saw. Knowing this is what the public expected, Wassily Kandinsky began his abstract painting in a way in which others could still distinguish features such as his most recurrent subjects such as mountains, villages, trees and churches. I feel Kandinsky was trying to…

Comparing Masacio’s Holy Trinity and Jan Van Eyck’s Arnolfini Marriage

In comparing Masacio’s Holy Trinity and Jan Van Eyck’s Arnolfini marriage, we are able to analyze many similarities and differences. We notice the innovative Renaissance techniques as well as these two paintings being pivotal pieces not only in these artists careers but also as pioneering artists in history. If we compare these two painting with…

The Arnolfini Marriage, the Ghent Altarpiece, and The Annunciation

Choosing three pieces of artwork for an exhibit is an exercise in itself. However, I am faced with this duty. So, being naturally inquisitive, I was taken by the allure of the mysterious Jan Van Eyck. Thus, I decided to devote all my attention on him, choosing three of his pieces. The pieces I chose…

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David’s Depiction of The Death of Marat

During the late eighteenth century French citizens were deep into fighting for a republic. Problems began when, the third estate started to fight for a horizontal form of government instead of the vertical monarchy that was taking place. To overthrow the monarchy the third estate formed the National Assembly and announced the end of feudalism…

In 1930-1935, Max Dupain created a black and white photograph titled Eggs

Max Dupain focuses intensely on the establishing the perfect lighting technique to create the right mood and texture that the eggs appear to possess. Using the shy but strong light source he highlights the egg’s fragility and delicacy. He has also used high contrasts of black and white to better differentiate the diverse, opposing colours…

Scopic regimes of modernity

Centuries of studying visuality has given birth to several methods of visual analysis. These “scopic regimes” as defined by Jay are quite simply systems for organizing vision. This essay will focus on the two main systems discussed by Jay: Renaissance and Baroque. Both systems arose during similar time frames, and consequently contain some similarities. Yet,…

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