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08 Aug 2007
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Alfred Schnittke in Retrospect

Essay - 2 pages - Arts and art history

“For almost thirty years I repeatedly saw one and the same dream: I would arrive in Vienna at long last. I would feel really happy, for I was returning to the most serene time of my life.” In this quote, Alfred Schnittke, in the final years before his death, recaps his pleasant times...

24 Apr 2007
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The Rise of Choral Polyphony in Burgundy

Essay - 7 pages - Arts and art history

In the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, there was a flourishing of culture in the Netherlands with the rise of humanism and the patronage of the Dukes of Burgundy. With the advances in trade and commerce, there was also a general prosperity which contributed to the wealth of artistic...

22 Jan 2007
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Critical Theory: theatre and post-structuralism

Essay - 6 pages - Arts and art history

Post-structuralism derives from philosophy , ‘ a discipline which has always tended to emphasise the difficulty of achieving secure knowledge about things' (Barry;1995:63) .Philosophical writing, although following the structure thesis, anti-thesis then a synthesis of both, always comes...

15 Jan 2007
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Theater and audience perception in a postmodern perspective

Essay - 9 pages - Arts and art history

« The genuinely postmodern work forces us to recognise that reality is something other than our formulations of it, and that those formulations are therefore constructs » (Jean-François Lyotard). Investigate and interrogate the urge in performance theatre to radically restructure audience...

15 Jan 2007
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Live technologies in theatrical performance in a post modern perspective

Essay - 8 pages - Arts and art history

How does the use of live technologies in theatrical performance comment on our own positioning in a post-industrial technologically based society? How does this in turn exemplify some of the concerns of the postmodernists? Postmodern cinema is rich in intertextual references, and is often...

14 Dec 2006
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Xu Beihong: pioneer of Chinese Realistic Painting?

Essay - 9 pages - Arts and art history

Xu Beihong (1895-1953) was a native of Yixing in Jiangsu Province. His father, from whom he learned painting in his childhood, was also a painter. At the age of 20, Xu went to Shanghai to sell his paintings. In 1918, at the invitation of Cai Yuanpei, he went to Peking University to work as an...

29 Nov 2006
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Edward Munch (Norwegian, 1863-1944) : Madonna (1895-1902)

Essay - 6 pages - Arts and art history

Madonna is one of Munch's most popular images. It is a mix between a controversial image linked to a controversial artist, and a transcendent representation of women through different aspects. These are reflected in the different titles that had the painting: Madonna, Conception, Loving Woman,...

20 Jul 2006
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The Representation of the Struggle for Rights in Contemporary Aboriginal Painting

Essay - 4 pages - Arts and art history

Art is vital for history, as monuments, sculptures, paintings and literary works of art are often the only remaining testimony about ancient times. When dealing with modern or contemporary events, a greater amount of non-artistic material is available; yet art is still important as it can reflect...