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13 Jan 2009
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The influence of Socrealism in Poland

Essay - 10 pages - Arts and art history

Socrealism is „an attempt to translate Marxism into the sphere of art” . This term appeared first in 1932 in the soviet press. It is, more formally, an artistic current; it was indeed the official art trend imposed by the Communist regimes. It originates in the Union of Socialist...

13 Jan 2009
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The Pre-Raphaelite Sisterhood

Essay - 11 pages - Arts and art history

A considerable number of women were active in every phase of the Pre-Raphaelite movement. Some, as was the case for Elizabeth Siddal and Lucy Madox Brown, incorporated the ideas of their husbands and fathers into their own art. Others were deeply influenced by the freshness of the Pre-Raphaelite...

13 Jan 2009
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Was the assumption of German musical supremacy merely a constituent part of an emergent German nationalism between 1870 and 1918?

Thesis - 5 pages - Arts and art history

What the German nation is and what its boundaries are have always puzzled historians of the early construction of the German nation-state. Indeed the further back into history one searches, the more elusive the very notion of a German national identity becomes. According to Herder,...

09 Jan 2009
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Orientalist painting

Thesis - 5 pages - Arts and art history

Today, we are going to talk about Orientalist painting. In this way, I'm going to present you the general aspects of that kind of painting: its historical context, its specificities, its recurrent themes, its criticisms and finally its decline. Throughout this presentation, I will try to show you...

18 Dec 2008
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History of Jazz: Jazz and Modern Painting

Essay - 5 pages - Arts and art history

Ideas in the worlds of music and art have probably cross-pollinated from the beginning. The lush and passionate colors, rhythms, and themes of the Romantic painters like Eugene Delacroix mirror the lush and passionate melodies, movements, and moods of the Romantic composers like...

28 Nov 2008
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More than what meets the eye: Frida Kahlo and surrealism

Essay - 5 pages - Arts and art history

Frida Kahlo never thought of herself as a surrealist as many people did. In fact, given the context of the historical background of her works, she was regarded as more of a feminist cult figure than anything else. Not even Kahlo herself recognized the surrealist dimensions of her paintings until...

04 Nov 2008
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Eric Clapton: Legend among legends

Essay - 4 pages - Arts and art history

In the late 1960s, one of the most well known cases of graffiti observed around the musical Meccas of London and New York was "Clapton is God". Three decades later, the sensational guitarist and singer continues to keep his fans captivated by producing remarkable musical innovations....

26 Aug 2008
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Landscape painting in 19th and 20th centuries

Essay - 10 pages - Arts and art history

Landscape painting in the American context emerged in the 19th century along with the philosophical works of Emerson and Thoreau. The literary arts also began to turn toward an examination of the natural world at about this time. American painters, whom had previously been...

18 Aug 2008
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Magnificent "Madrigals" (and bombastic ballets) of the exciting "English" variety

Essay - 5 pages - Arts and art history

Speaking strictly in musical terms, the English madrigal is the result of assimilation. The genre generally referred to as the English madrigal was borne of the Italian madrigal form. However, just as historians no longer refer to America as the cultural melting pot, rather a...

18 Aug 2008
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Paul Cezanne: Legend of Provence

Essay - 7 pages - Arts and art history

Paul Cezanne was described as “the father of us all” by Pablo Picasso, as he was greatly influenced by Cezanne, and Picasso doesn't stand alone. Cezanne, the French artist from Aix-en-Provence, was depicted as a “visionary ahead of his time, Cezanne's innovative style, use...

11 Aug 2008
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Interconnections: Chaos, Art, and Life

Essay - 8 pages - Arts and art history

“Nature is seen as an interconnected dynamic network of relationships that include the human observer as an integral component.” If we were to replace the word “nature” with “art” in this quote, it still functions as a good definition. Through nature, we...

30 Jul 2008
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The history of the Islamic tile

Essay - 9 pages - Arts and art history

Islamic art is “the art produced for rulers or population of Islamic culture” (Brend, 10). The Islamic world is so large and varied that it should come as no surprise that each region has its own style. However because they share the same Islamic identity, the styles come together...

20 Jul 2008
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Decadence and Modernity

Essay - 10 pages - Arts and art history

The Decadent movement, located in France and in England during the late 19th century, can most basically be described as a stylistic transition in literature between the pervasive Romanticism of the 1800s, the Naturalism that followed it, and Modernism. As art moved away from the romantic and...

11 Jul 2008
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Japanese manga international influence on comics and animation

Essay - 4 pages - Arts and art history

“Manga” is the Japanese word for “comics” and is written the same in plural and singular forms. Manga does not represent comics in general but comics originating from Japan. Manga has substantially influenced the international market of comics and animation. Artists from...

19 Jun 2008
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Rodin and Otterness: Revealing Form through closed sculpture

Essay - 3 pages - Arts and art history

If one were to elongate the neck, legs and arms of August Rodin's “Thinker,” the result would look something like Tom Otterness's “The Crying Giant.” But it is precisely this aspect of the sculpture that makes the “Crying Giant” a less effective closed...

17 Jun 2008
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Critics' response to three artists: Elizabeth Murray, Richard Tuttle and Oscar Bluemner

Essay - 6 pages - Arts and art history

Although an artist's work represents the culmination of an intensive effort to communicate a message, how the message is interpreted by others is often how the artist's work is remembered. Thus, even though a particular artist may believe that he or she has reached the apex of artistic...

16 Jun 2008
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Through Black and White Eyes

Essay - 5 pages - Arts and art history

Photography becomes more than art, more than paintings, or sculptures. It exposes the truth to life that a brush can barely compare to. If there is a passion, a real love for the art, photography becomes consuming, sinking into the skin forever. Every aspect of the soul becomes sucked into every...

04 Jun 2008
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The development of art and architecture and how it reflects the social and cultural attitudes underlying social discourse.

Essay - 6 pages - Arts and art history

Research on the development of art and architecture demonstrates that works created during different time periods clearly reflect the social and cultural attitudes underlying social discourse. With this in mind, it is not surprising to find that the middle class interiors of the nineteenth...

04 Jun 2008
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History of Ballet

Essay - 4 pages - Arts and art history

Ballet, like many other art forms, has a long and rich history of evolution and development. In fact, researchers examining the history of ballet have noted that the earliest precursors to ballet can be found as far back as the Renaissance in Italy (Wiley, 2006). Since this time, ballet has...

04 Jun 2008
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The Circular Nature of the Primavera

Essay - 6 pages - Arts and art history

Botticelli's Primavera begs for meaning. It is a complex, large-scale masterpiece with apparent contradictions in mood, movement, theme and context. The direct gaze of its central figure instructs the viewer to look carefully, as does Botticelli's precise hand. Every deliberate petal,...

03 Jun 2008
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Transparency, Opacity, and the Artistic Response to the Revolution

Essay - 3 pages - Arts and art history

Much of the art produced in Russia during and after the Revolution served as a response to the sudden and widespread changes in society. Andrei Platonov's short story The River Potudan is no exception. Largely allegorical and interpretive, this tale of a soldier's re-entry into the world of his...

03 Jun 2008
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The Effects of Politics and Culture on Medieval Christian Art

Essay - 10 pages - Arts and art history

While Christianity could be argued to have started somewhere between the years 1 and 33 AD, it was not the official religion of the Roman Empire until the Edict of Milan in 313 AD, though by then it had extended throughout the empire and its social structure, thus necessitating the official...

03 Jun 2008
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The development of modern art

Essay - 3 pages - Arts and art history

Throughout the course of the twentieth century, society, and more specifically, the art community, underwent a rebirth called modernism. Modernism served as the basis for artists and society as a whole to seeks an expansion away from Victorian morals, which placed such marked constraints on...

13 May 2008
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Magic Realism in Photography

Essay - 4 pages - Arts and art history

Present-day, the meaning of the term magic realism varies depending on the art form being described. Its meaning has altered over the past century and yet maintains aspects of its original use. The term was first in a title role with visual arts critic Franz Roh's book published 1925 Nach...

13 May 2008
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An Outlet For The Internal: Photographs Reflecting The Desires of Clementina Hawarden and Julia Margaret Cameron

Essay - 2 pages - Arts and art history

Two Victorian women in the isolation of their own homes created portraits and tableaux. From 1857- 1864, Clementina Viscountess Hawarden made so-called “Studies from Life,” which have far more significance than their general title would imply. A more widely recognized contemporary...

01 May 2008
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The Dance of Death

Essay - 3 pages - Arts and art history

The robed, skeletal figure of Death interacting with the living has become an iconic image in contemporary culture, adorning Tarot cards, album covers and T-shirts; appearing in film, books and artistic prints. Our fascination with and fear of mortality has existed since humans first walked upon...

24 Apr 2008
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Michelangelo's Last Judgement

Essay - 3 pages - Arts and art history

Michelangelo Buonarroti was born on March 6, 1475, to the wife of a podesta in the diocese of Arezzo. As podesta, his father held an executive and judicial office of the Republican city-states. When his term in office ended, Michelangelo's father moved the family to their villa right outside of...

21 Apr 2008
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San Vitale's Beauty as Seen Through the Eyes of Plotinus

Essay - 3 pages - Arts and art history

Architectural beauty is a concept that is continually changing and entirely subjective. It is dependent upon who is doing the evaluating and the criteria with which they are basing their evaluation. Usually, the structure's ultimate function weighs in heavily in the determination...

18 Apr 2008
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The Beatles and the Creative Process

Book review - 3 pages - Arts and art history

From the moment the news of their overnight stardom dawned on John and Paul, both boys were acutely intent on broadening and sharpening their already clever writing styles. Rising from this foundation the two erected a model of working, formed by the seat of their pants as they held on...

01 Apr 2008
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The story of how Greek Nationalism followed the Greek Immigrants to the United States

Tutorials/exercises - 14 pages - Arts and art history

By the eve of the Greco-Turkish War of 1922, every Greek in the world understood and felt what the ‘Megali Idea' meant. Under the leadership of Eleftherios Venizelos, Greece was on the verge of fulfilling Megali Idea in recreating a modern Byzantine Empire. But what exactly does Megali Idea...