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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...

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,...

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...

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...

29 Dec 2010

Street art: A case study

Thesis - 5 pages - Arts and art history

Places and means of access to culture are very numerous and very diverse. However, one often makes a deliberate approach to access knowledge: visit a museum, surf the net, participate in classes etc. Fortunately, there are areas of universal access, all you need is to keep your eyes and ears...

29 Dec 2010

Jackson Pollock's Black and White: Number 26 A:

Thesis - 9 pages - Arts and art history

On 11 August 1956, the art world lost one of its most innovative American artists. Jackson Pollock died in a car accident and took with him the secrets of his work (which had been controversial) specifically the art of "drippings" (which he had engaged in from 1947 to1950). Among...

29 Dec 2010

The representation of the Great War in German Art: Otto Dix (1891-1961)

Thesis - 5 pages - Arts and art history

In August 1914, after months of a prolonging crisis and tension, the Great War broke out, abruptly interrupting any artistic activity in Europe. Indeed, those who had helped launch the first wave of new ideas of the twentieth century by their avant-garde trends were mobilized. It is in...

28 Dec 2010

Land Art

Thesis - 20 pages - Arts and art history

In the late 1960s, a limited number of artists, especially from New York, United States, left the classical settings of the workshop, gallery and museum, to work directly in nature, or introduce natural elements into museums. According to GillesTiberghien, this new Land Art can be defined as "a...

22 Oct 2010

Analyze the (critical) implications of how Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder, Universal, USA, 1944) uses the conventions associated with film noir.

Thesis - 4 pages - Arts and art history

Double Indemnity is widely regarded as a classic example of film noir by film critics and fans of the genre alike. In terms of genre Double Indemnity clearly belongs to the film noir category although it is due to the lighting and style that many believe, film noir should be classed as a...

12 Aug 2010

Gold and silver in Dante's Inferno

Thesis - 2 pages - Arts and art history

When one examines the yellow and green partial chasuble on display at the Baltimore Museum of Art, with its silk, velvet, and gold-encased threads, one understands more vividly the critiques of Church opulence that Dante articulates in the Inferno. Dante was certainly not the first to...

09 Aug 2010

The death of the Savior

Thesis - 2 pages - Arts and art history

Mannerist paintings were classified as those paintings made during the later part of the Renaissance and which took imagery past the natural. The paintings often featured bright colors, contorted poses, and complex symbolism. These stylized paintings began to appear during the sixteenth century,...

29 Jul 2010

Leonardo Da Vinci

Thesis - 2 pages - Arts and art history

My love of art was the reason that I picked Leonardo Da Vinci as my topic. I have always had a great interest in the subject of art. I know the techniques and different types of drawings and painting like the back of my hand, though there was one thing I was always missing. I had never even...

25 Mar 2010

Pastoral images in poetic practice

Thesis - 4 pages - Arts and art history

Pastoral “is a double longing after innocence and happiness,” its “universal idea is the Golden Age…it is based on the antithesis of Art and Nature; and its fundamental motive is hostility to urban life. ” As educational awakening started to filter into the consciousness...

15 Mar 2010

An essay on art

Thesis - 2 pages - Arts and art history

The art of Renaissance Italy is remarkable for its near complete break with past tradition, even as such art was still being made in the rest of Europe. The old forms and styles of the Middle Ages, which were primarily symbolic, gave way to a new art that strove for realism and at the same time...

04 Mar 2010

Carlo Goldoni and the Italian theatre reformation

Thesis - 2 pages - Arts and art history

When Carlo Goldoni began writing for the theatre in the 1740's, his Venetian audiences were still in the throes of commedia dell'arte, which had been popular for over two hundred years. However, Goldoni was ready to bring realism to the stage. He thought that the theatre should be bound up with...

24 Feb 2010

The many views of funk music

Thesis - 2 pages - Arts and art history

The music genre, Funk, is a style of music that is approached in many ways in an attempt to explain, create, or recreate it. Many different types of people shed insight onto this music, giving many unique perspectives. Anyone from musicians to journalists has attempted to articulate exactly what...

16 Feb 2010

How would a Restoration comedy production stage female gender in a production of The Country Wife?

Thesis - 12 pages - Arts and art history

This paper is a theatre research paper documenting the appropriate approach to staging the female gender in a restoration comedy production of William Wycherley's “The Country Wife”. The paper considers dialogue, staging, sound and costumes in addition to the historical context of...

10 Feb 2010

The history of ancient Palestine

Thesis - 4 pages - Arts and art history

For about 2000 years the name Palestine has been used internationally for the lands on both sides of the Jordan river. Cisjordan and Transjordan. The Greek historian Herodotus called Cisjordan the Palestinian Syria or sometimes only Palaestina. [The name] is derived from the Akkadian Palastu,...