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14 Feb 2013

Influence of the genre on three of the visual or performing arts forms

Case study - 1 pages - Arts and art history

Genre is a term used in the world of arts to represent a class of creative works that reveal certain key characteristic. Different works of art are classified into different genres depending on their characteristics and uniqueness. Therefore, genre is very much essential when it comes to...

17 Dec 2012

McCarthyism and art

Case study - 2 pages - Arts and art history

During the early 1950s there was a fear amongst the American people regarding the possible infiltration of Western Society by Russia and other communist nations. One man, Senator Joseph McCarthy, led a hunt for alleged communists that would lead to the blacklisting and persecution of...

28 Jun 2012

Photography of Nations

Case study - 7 pages - Arts and art history

Photography highlights social constructs within each society. It represents national ideologies that unify nation states. A photograph does not necessarily do this directly, but the juxtaposition of the photographer and the subject allowed for photographs to be interpreted in that way....

28 Jun 2012

Photography

Case study - 5 pages - Arts and art history

Photography is defined by the American Dictionary as “the art or practice of taking and processing photographs.” A photograph is the extension of the human eye that we could never imagine until the technological revolution. Before Photography, we could not understand or interpret the...

22 May 2012

Should art be taught in schools?

Case study - 2 pages - Arts and art history

The role played by art in public education has been discussed and analyzed by a numerous commentators through the years. Despite the obvious ways in which art and receiving an art education can provide to an individual, it is possible to argue that art education is not indispensable, as...

27 Sep 2011

Michelangelo's David

Thesis - 2 pages - Arts and art history

Fifteenth century Florence, Italy is the focal point for a sudden rise in artistic, humanistic, technological, and scientific interest known as the Renaissance. The recent discovery of classic texts and artifacts are among the primary catalysts for this new cultural emergence. People begin...

27 Sep 2011

Roman Architectural Influences in the United States

Thesis - 2 pages - Arts and art history

The tremendous beauty and ingenuity of Roman architecture remained a visual testament of a culture that rose to power and became a dominant force that conquered and governed a vast empire spanning Europe, Asia Minor and Northern Africa. Since Roman architects assimilated Greek and Etruscan styles...

27 Sep 2011

A Burial at Ornans

Thesis - 1 pages - Arts and art history

The appearance of “A Burial at Ornans” in 1851 by French painter Gustave Courbet at the Paris Salon art exhibition not only sparked tough criticism among viewers, but also propelled the relatively unknown artist into fame and notoriety. The painting was debuted in a time when the...

27 Sep 2011

The Art of Ancient Greece

Tutorials/exercises - 2 pages - Arts and art history

As confirmed by the National Archaeological Museum of Athens (n.d.), it is during the years 600 through 480 B.C., the Archaic period, that Kouros sculptures governed Greek art. These sculptures came in male and female form, depicting subjects who the state had financially supported, or designed...

27 Sep 2011

Baroque or Rococo Art Critique

Case study - 2 pages - Arts and art history

"The Taking of Christ" is an impressive work of art by one of seventeenth centuries most prolific and influential painters, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. The painting is typical of Baroque style: intense, vibrant colors, strong contrasting of light and dark shadows, and dramatic emotions of...

27 Sep 2011

In defense of Abstract Art

Essay - 2 pages - Arts and art history

It's possible to believe that people around the world love, hate, misunderstand, and criticize abstract art. More than likely the people who've come to hate and criticize probably have no art history knowledge or appreciation whatsoever. However, art critics and serious art collectors debate the...

12 Jul 2011

Analysis of 'The miracle of Christ healing the blind' by El Greco

Essay - 3 pages - Arts and art history

“The Miracle of Christ Healing the Blind” features in the European Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It was painted in approximately 1575-76 by the artist El Greco in oil on canvas and measures 47 x 57 ½”, an outstandingly large painting. It illustrates...

28 Jun 2011

'The Second Shepherd's Play' - A comment

Essay - 4 pages - Arts and art history

Religion has always had a major influence in all aspects of human culture. This can be seen in many different forums from education to social norms to entire governments: Art, in particular, has been deeply affected by religious ideals. In order to see the role religion plays upon an aspect of...

09 Jun 2011

The value of Blues in the face of Oppression: Ma' Rainey

Essay - 4 pages - Arts and art history

In 1927, Duke Ellington and Louis Armstong began their careers. Armstrong's start was in Chicago. The setting for August Wilson's play, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, also happened to be in 1927, and in the city of Chicago. During this time the commercial and economic value of African-American art,...

09 Jun 2011

How Hogan Heals - "The Book of Medicines"

Thesis - 3 pages - Arts and art history

The concept of healing is a central and consistent theme in Linda Hogan's book of poetry called The Book of Medicines. Throughout all three sections of the book, the reader is shown the value and process of healing of American Indians and the earth itself, especially concerning the white...

09 Jun 2011

Arts of America [A Mask- Shaman Pendant- A Sully Portrait]

Thesis - 3 pages - Arts and art history

There is a dynamic range of artistic style, cultural influence and quality of the pieces on display in the Arts of Americas wing of the Museum of Fine Arts, in Boston. The variety of the art is reflective of the different cultures represented. The spectrum can be seen throughout the three pieces...

09 Jun 2011

The Arts of Africa [Opon Igedeu v Nkisi Nkondi]

Thesis - 3 pages - Arts and art history

Throughout African history, artistic creation has been a fundamental element of the livelihood of various cultures. The Yoruba, of Nigeria, hold the aesthetics and criticisms of art to an extremely high standard, of which they can measure personal contentedness with life as a whole. The Chokwe,...

08 Jun 2011

Pho Pasteur: Drawing in Emersonians and Bostonians

Essay - 3 pages - Arts and art history

It is quite popular among various social groups to have a favorite place to go for gastronomical options. A spot that encapsulates a comforting and familiar atmosphere, and that provides cuisine that is enjoyed and loved by those who flock to it. In Boston, it seems that there would be an endless...

08 Jun 2011

Global Festivals: An Overview

Essay - 5 pages - Arts and art history

In today's contemporary times, music festivals are held on every continent, except Antarctica. These numerous festivals that take place across the globe each year, are illustrations of cultural identity, in the host country, and in the collection of foreign artists participating in...

12 May 2011

Art and globalization

Thesis - 21 pages - Arts and art history

"Art always has been and always will be important to humans", says Cynthia Freeland, professor of philosophy at the Houston University. This sentence, announced as a universal truth, shows that art remains strongly essential for human beings. It is also assured that everybody knows the importance...

28 Feb 2011

Tricksters for Myths and Legends

Thesis - 2 pages - Arts and art history

Gods, according to mythology, are troublemakers. What shines through from the lessons espoused within most mythological tales is that Gods are apt to get carried away. They represent the most basic of human desires, seeking self success, happiness and fame; and they are driven entirely by blind...

21 Feb 2011

Jenny Holzer: Merging Verbal and Visual Art

Thesis - 3 pages - Arts and art history

Art of the 20th century can be characterized by the common feature of progressing the definition of art and constantly challenging the relationship between artist, art and viewer; the ability to do this while utilizing new technologies that appeal to the modern world and current events is what...

21 Feb 2011

Buddhist influence on architectural elements of the Dunhuang Caves of China

Thesis - 4 pages - Arts and art history

The Dunhuang Caves have long been one of the most important architectural sites in the world, not only as a monument of cultural heritage, but also as memorial to the only religion to ever be universally accepted throughout the vast empire of China. While the sheer number...

03 Feb 2011

Comparison of two artist-painters' works: Jacques-Louis David and Gustave Courbet

Thesis - 4 pages - Arts and art history

The artists chosen for this study are the two French painters Jacques-Louis David and Gustave Courbet.They lived similar experiences in the social and political chaos of post-revolutionary France. Chronologically speaking, the two of them together examined the changes in the society furthermore...

03 Feb 2011

A historiography of the net.art

Essay - 4 pages - Arts and art history

The historiography of an event, phenomenon or a novel can be defined as the examination of different discourses and diverse modes of writing history. Therefore, we must first, examine the design of the history and methodology. Today, historiography is characterized by a rapid methodology...

19 Jan 2011

Cinema and Technology: An Essay

Thesis - 3 pages - Arts and art history

'The cinema of attractions directly solicits spectator attention, inciting visual curiosity, and supplying pleasure through an exciting spectacle' Gunning (1990), p. 58. To what extent does mainstream cinema today continue to operate as a 'cinema of attractions'?...

03 Jan 2011

Medieval Europe: Investiture Controversy

Thesis - 3 pages - Arts and art history

The Investiture Controversy marks one of the most unstable moments in the history of the Catholic Church. At the heart of the controversy, there were two sides competing for supreme authority, trying to answer the question of whether the king's power outranks that of the Pope's or vice...

03 Jan 2011

Art After 1945: Gordon Matta-Clark

Thesis - 7 pages - Arts and art history

Like many of the artists of the 1970s, Gordon Matta-Clark was concerned with the impact of a capitalist-driven society on an urban setting. After studying architecture at Cornell University, Matta-Clark devoted himself to the concept of “anarchitecture.” Anarchitecture is an...

29 Dec 2010

The Night Cafe by Van Gogh: An analysis

Thesis - 5 pages - Arts and art history

The Night Cafe by Van Gogh gives a real sense of melancholy, which is an outcome of the deep night glow in the cafe. This canvas has a very specific character. Painted in 1888, the Night Cafe is the pictorial transcription of sentimental and emotional tribulations that haunted the painter....

29 Dec 2010

Joseph Beuys's 'I Like America and America Likes Me'

Thesis - 10 pages - Arts and art history

Joseph Beuys's “I Like America and America Likes Me" was performed in May 1974. The location of the action is commonly referred to as the Rene Block Gallery in New York. The gallery opened with this performance at 409 West Broadway. Beuys performed this action as a 53-year- old and with...