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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 of its...

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 for dear...

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...

20 Mar 2008
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Scientific, Political, Artistic, and Controversial Aspects of the Statue of Liberty

Tutorials/exercises - 6 pages - Arts and art history

The Statue of Liberty holds great significance in the United States because of its symbolic and patriotic nature. It also represents hope; the statue bears the words “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” (Cable 3). Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi...

19 Feb 2008
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Study of the Appalachian music

Thesis - 10 pages - Arts and art history

Appalachian music. Usually paired with the image of hicks on a dilapidated porch in West Virginia. To some Americans, Appalachian music could seem to be a genre of simple minded folk songs from a poor town in the southern mountains of North America. Some people may simply think of the...

09 Feb 2008
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Gender Inversion and Spectator Identity in Silence of the Lambs

Essay - 5 pages - Arts and art history

Jonathan Demme's 1991 film The Silence of the Lambs centers on a young FBI trainee's attempts to catch a deranged serial killer before he kills again. Clarice Starling is a young woman determined to rise through the ranks of the male FBI. Already at a social disadvantage due to her sex, she...

06 Feb 2008
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The Art of Graffiti

Tutorials/exercises - 4 pages - Arts and art history

A young boy is standing in a dark, subway tunnel with a can of spray paint in his hand. His intentions are clear. Instead of being traditional and painting at home, he is using the world as his canvas. Vandal or not, he is still an artist. Even though he may just paint his name on the wall, it is...

01 Feb 2008
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Making music with music: Kool Herc and the evolution of sampling

Tutorials/exercises - 3 pages - Arts and art history

Kool DJ Herc is a Jamaican American musician and producer, who is credited as a pioneer of hip-hop during the 1970s as a result of his trendsetting musical technique and influence on hip-hop culture as a whole. He was born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1955 as Clive Campbell and he immigrated to the...

03 Jan 2008
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Christ in Majesty

Tutorials/exercises - 2 pages - Arts and art history

While monumental figure erecting was hindered during the Middle Ages, illuminated manuscripts and mural paintings were given momentum as a result. Both media allowed for mass productions, many of which have lasted to this day. A fine example of a mural fresco from the Romanesque Period,...

30 Nov 2007
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The Taste of Peace and Practice of Love in North Indian Drumming

Tutorials/exercises - 3 pages - Arts and art history

The knowledge gained by practicing the North Indian tabla drums situates the musician within two spiritual modes of the Hindu tradition: the tantric, via rasa, and the yogic, via bhakti. Is there a limit to the spiritual efficacy of such musical practice? Citing the lack of “common measure...

27 Nov 2007
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Egyptian versus Greek Sculpture

Essay - 2 pages - Arts and art history

The Egyptian culture consistently maintained a powerful belief in the afterlife. As a result, tombs were lavished with clothing, furniture, and paintings to nourish the Ka or soul. Most importantly, statues were erected should anything happen to the body in which the soul must inhabit. The...

04 Nov 2007
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Acoustic Mythologies of The Natyasastra: Text of Celestial Music

Essay - 5 pages - Arts and art history

Concerning the use of musical rhythm as a sadhana, a path to liberation, one preliminary distinction to make is between the tantric means of rasa and the yogic means of bhakti; The mythological tradition inherited by Hindustani music distinguishes between gana (music for pleasure) and gandharva...

19 Oct 2007
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Once More with Talent

Essay - 2 pages - Arts and art history

The room is silent, black, yet complete in its created emptiness. You cannot see the person sitting next to you, the face that looks back in the darkness. Suddenly, from nowhere, a few shaky piano notes fill the air. A melody so simple yet so memorable, it pulls you away from your metal seat and...

19 Oct 2007
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Not All is Cold in Iceland

Essay - 5 pages - Arts and art history

Humanity is nostalgic. There is no other way in which to explain the strips of antique malls in the Midwest or the string of collector shows on the shop-at-home networks. Like the sightseers searching for the Grand Canyon pictured on the poster in a local travel agency, humans are such experts...

05 Oct 2007
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IS: Music

Essay - 3 pages - Arts and art history

If only Beethoven and Tchaikovsky could have conceived of the technological advantages the musicians of today take for granted. Innovative strides in music technology development have revolutionized the way music is recorded, composed, stored, performed, searched and retrieved by creating easy to...

04 Oct 2007
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New Deal Art: The WPA Murals of Norwalk, CT

Tutorials/exercises - 3 pages - Arts and art history

The Great Depression that struck the United States in the late 1920s came as a shock to millions of Americans. Almost overnight people saw their entire life savings vanish before their eyes and many were laid off by their employers. By the time Franklin Roosevelt took office in March 1933, the...

03 Oct 2007
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The Influence of Popular World Music on Modern Western Music

Tutorials/exercises - 3 pages - Arts and art history

The nebulous category of World Music has been defined as "simply not our music, it is their music (Rahkonen, 1)." World Music is thus a distinction based on otherness and not any singularly defining characteristic. It is a term that developed from the classification of popular music "to include...

13 Sep 2007
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American Idol

Essay - 4 pages - Arts and art history

In its first season, American Idol garnered the attention of 22.77 million viewers on the finale night. The last season—the show's fifth—36.38 million people tuned in to witness Taylor Hicks take home the ultimate title of American Idol (Wikepedia.com). Hicks, a stocky, gray-haired...

13 Sep 2007
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Smells Like Lautréamont's Spirit

Tutorials/exercises - 5 pages - Arts and art history

In 1790, Immanuel Kant published an essay that read as complicated as the art he sought to promote. “Critique of Judgment” serves as the ultimate philosophy of aesthetics, proclaiming “Genius is the talent (or natural gift) which gives rule to art” (Kant 150). Kant's...

13 Sep 2007
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Breakaway (A continuation of "AmericanIdle")

Essay - 4 pages - Arts and art history

To the surprise of fans and American Idol producers alike (in varying degrees of delightful glee and ghastly shock), Clarkson's second album conveyed an entirely different message than the first. Entitled Breakaway, the music simply delves deeper than the playful bubbles at the surface of all...

12 Sep 2007
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Ragtime

Tutorials/exercises - 4 pages - Arts and art history

Ragtime is an American musical genre that was most popular during the first twenty years of the 20th century. It is a dance form that is written in 2/4 or 4/4 time, where there is a walking bass that plays legato on beats 1-3 and staccato chords played on 2-4 beats in the right hand. A big...

12 Sep 2007
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The Recovery of Music

Essay - 3 pages - Arts and art history

To experience music as it is exactly is a great thing, but a difficult thing. Being an audience to a piece of music does not ensure such experience, and in fact the performers of music themselves can experience music. Bystanders and composers also experience music in unique ways. All of these...

29 Aug 2007
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Doctor Faustus and Renaissance Humanism

Essay - 4 pages - Arts and art history

The introduction to Christopher Marlowe's The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus in The Norton Anthology of English Literature describes the play's protagonist as “an overreacher, striving to get beyond the conventional boundaries established to contain the human will” (990). While...

28 Aug 2007
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Bach vs Sousa

Essay - 2 pages - Arts and art history

Throughout history there have been an infinite number of composers. These composers range in time period from the 1600s to present day and their styles of music range from classical to rock ‘n' roll. Two of the most influential composers of all time are Johann Sebastian Bach and John...

27 Aug 2007
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Schnittke

Essay - 2 pages - Arts and art history

Schnittke was born in the Soviet Union in 1934 into a Russian Jewish family. The father was a German Jew from the Baltic area, and the mother was a Catholic from Germany. Given this, his first language was German. In 1945 for three years, he lived and studied in Vienna where he heard much of the...

22 Aug 2007
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Sample Music Review

Essay - 1 pages - Arts and art history

The Legendary Pink Dots, featuring members of Skinny Puppy, played the Howlin' Wolf on Saturday, June 12th. Upon scanning the stage and seeing the medley of performers, I knew it would be an interesting show. The saxophone player, dressed in a purple and orange suit, a rather average-looking...