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Artists Essay Examples

Beauty Is Found in Exceptional but Not in Commonplace

...Victor Hugo used the building as the backdrop for his magnificent book The Hunchback of Notre Dame and thousands of tourists travel untold miles to view the cathedral. That sort of beauty is not p ossessed by just any church on the corner. In conclusion, it 's clear that true beauty is found not in the commonplace, but in the exceptional. The Mona Lisa and Notre Dame Cathedral are both exceptional examples of fairly commonplace things and it is thes e exceptions that are noted a s truly b eauti...

Mona Lisa - The Enigmatic Meaning

...Mystery, though, is what John Berger is fighting against. He wants to take what he calls the “bogus religiosity” (109) that mystifies art out of the equation by giving people the tools they need to make meaning on their own. He believes that art critics and historians mystify by “explaining away what might otherwise be evident” (103); in a sense they try to confuse interpretations that might be obvious through academic discourse and elitism. But what happens when the point is mystificati...

The Mona Lisa

...that is in any respects difficult to portray on an inanimate object. The landscape is exquisitely detailed and the painting itself is altogether one of a kind. Of the three articles, I enjoyed the first by Petronius Arbiter the most. He pays close attention to the mastery of the woman’s expression in the painting. I agree with Arbiter in that Leonardo’s portrait is of a much higher quality than many other portraits. The reason I believe is because the woman’s expression translates into a v...

Schools Kills Creativity

...Encouraging creativity has many advantages, but the most important one is that it makes peoples' minds more original. All the great people, such as Thomas Edison, have originality. In addition to that, it also expands the mind and makes it less difficult for students to solve problems given to them. If they’re creative, then that means that the person is flexible and imaginative therefore will be able to come up with unique solutions. When a student is encouraged to express their thoughts with...

Arguments in favor of a Renaissance

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Expository Paragraph

...For instance people seperated in two about this some say we evolved in time and others say we were like this even in the very begennig of the human race spesifically Charles Darwin has made some researches about this and eventually came up with this theory. After those two for the third time I would go to end of the 15. Century so I could try to meet Leonardo Da Vinci and ask him about his studies, paintings and Works. Like “Mona Lisa” everybody is curous about her smile and eyebrows another...

Italy during the Renaissance

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The Pencil

...There are some cartoonists who can stand at the foot of a building looking straight up and they'll capture it perfectly. And then there are those of us who do the same drawing and it's the goofiest-looking thing in the world. But after a while I guess you just learn what you're capable of and what you can and can't do. Question: What do you think your greatest strength as a cartoonist is? Answer: I'm not sure how to answer that. I could answer it in a very general way and say,oh, I was just in t...

Compare and contrast two works of Art

...The overall view about The little fourteen-year old dancer and The baboon and young is that, they poses different qualities but are the same in some way. A great distinction can made looking at the details indicated in both sculpture's heads. The Baboon's head is more detailed than the, The little dancer's but they are both free standing sculptures. Due to some features mentioned earlier in the essay, the two artworks depict the same message, they communicate how females are the happiest creatur...

Elements of Art

...and suggest that it belongs. Variety balances out unity and keeps things interesting. A focal point or areas of interest are used for the coercion of the viewer's attention. Lastly, an important factor is balance. Artists use balance in order to construct a painting. All of the elements of art discussed here play an important role in designing of art. "Giorgio de Chirico" (The Mystery and Melancholy of a Street, 1914), "Pablo Picasso" (Seated Nude, 1909, Spanish), "Francisco de Goya" (Saturn De...

Themes And Purposes of Art

...The purpose of art pertaining to the sacred realm is to give concrete form to the unknown and abstract perceptions of ones established religion. The sacred realm cannot be seen with human eyes, therefore, artists have created images of gods, goddesses, angels, demons, and all manner of spirit beings. However, each piece of art created to depict an established religion has a storyline behind them. For example, the Sainte-Chapelle located in Paris, depicts art of the sacred realm. In contrast, the...

"Guernica" by Picasso and The "Third of May" by Goya

...The civilians witnessing the execution appear to be neutral, participating in neither invasion or in the uprising making them innocent. However in realty these men are treacherous individuals who benefited from being Spaniards but refused to help the motherland. Now come the cowards to witness the death of the Spanish heroes. The guilt in these weaklings is constant and as a result they cannot make direct eye contact with the condemned men or the soldiers one of them looks at the event through a...

'The Last Supper' by Leonardo da Vinci

...Repetition is used very little in the ceiling, and the doors; meanwhile, the brush strokes are not that important for the painting neither. Leonardo da Vinci painted The Last Supper because Ludovico Sforza, the Duke of Milan, asked him to do so. So it is really not known of how da Vinci felt about his painting. The combination of elements and principles of design make this painting one of the most beautiful in the world. Its balance, emphasis, and movement make its subject so obvious that makes ...

Renaissance and baroque comparison

...These two epochs became a cuddle for the most prominent people in the art. Along with the change of forms and colors, there was a change of people’s perception of the world around and themselves as well. The human from the periphery moved to the center of the art and literature. The focuses were changed. The new rules and standards were established in the artistic sphere.  There were similarities and differences between Renaissance and baroque streams. Artist of these both epochs have contrib...

Shared knowledge

...Knowledge is an inclusive term. Knowledge refers to acquired understanding and awareness of some facts, information, and skills (Webster). In order to obtain a certain level of understanding, one must go through diverse ways of knowing. If the process of obtaining the knowledge is grounded in personal experience and learning, the knowledge is very personal. However, in order to judge the validity of the personal knowledge gained from such diverse ways of knowing, shared knowledge is needed. Thus...

Every Man Dies but Not Every Man Really Lives

...Among the few last things I will do is to fall in love. Somewhere between laughing for no reason, stupid arguments, and making fun of each other, I will fall for the ‘him’ who is willing to catch me when I fall. Elvis Presley put it best in his classic love songs and I want to fall in love with no regrets. I want to be in love with a love that is nothing because nothing last forever and therefore my love will last forever. With commitments, trust and care I want to fell so alive to be in lov...

Relationship Between Art and Religion

...Therefore art is a language which anyone can speak, understand and interpret personally. Some worldwide renowned artists whose art was influenced by religion are Michelangelo in The Creation of Adam and The Last Judgement, Leonardo Da Vinci in Virgin of The Rocks and Tintoretto in The Crucifixion. Apart from paintings and buildings religion also influenced music in fact nowadays we have multiple praise songs in different religions. In a nut shell whilst religion has left its mark on Art, art has...

Curiosity

...Our curiosity has leaded us to create things that have been both constructive and destructive. This destruction has affects not only ourselves but also to the things around us. The death of humans is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to how these same things have been destructive to our environment both living and deceased. As far as creativity in general it’s very similar to a coin, where there are benefits there are also negatives. “One man’s tool can be another man’s weapon” is a...

Golden Ratio

...For attractive people like Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, the skeleton of Golden Ratio almost fit perfectly on them. However, when the skeleton was put on a picture of an individual who looked a bit unattractive, the skeleton did not fit. I am not suggesting that beauty should be translated into being lifeless and cold because of it being defined inform of numbers. However, I think that the paintings and houses that used the proportions of the Golden Ratio look appealing and beautiful. In my opin...

The Lives and Works of Masters in Visual Arts

...* 1880- he left Brussels, determined to embark on a career in painting and eager to renew his ties on paintings and painters. * 1881- he returned home who now live in Etten, and started to work with enthusiasm. * 1882- he lived with sien and her child in his studio in Schenkweg 138, leading the life of a working man and feeling proud of his lowering of social positions which alienated him from his family and friends. * His notable works: Head of a Peasant, The Weavers, The Garden and the Parish ...

The Italian Renaissance vs the Renaissance in Northern Europe

...An example of northern renaissance art is the “Arnolfini Marriage Portrait” by Jan Van Eyck in the Netherlands. This painting shows a scene from daily life, a couple getting married. The use of realistic figures is still present. In the room in the painting, the artist shows the minute details of daily life, showing a pet and shoes on the floor. This is in contrast to the da Vinci painting, because in “The Last Supper” the focus is on the figures, and the rest of the painting does little...

Guernica

...Abraham Lincoln was said “Probably, no nation is rich enough to pay for both war and civilization, we must make our choice we cannot have both. ” Lincoln was clearly right. As shown in “Guernica” the Spanish chose war and therefore sacrificed their civilization in the process. They subjected their inhabitants to death and destruction that could have been avoided, but that’s what war does. It takes lives and destroys everything in its path but even through war things survive just like t...

Frida Kahlo’s “Self-Portrait with Cropped Hair”

...Publishers, 1991. Kettenmann, Andrea, Frida Kahlo, Karen Williams. Frida Kahlo, 1907-1954: Pain and Passion. New York: Taschen, 2000. Rhiel, Mary, David Bruce Suchoff. The Seductions of Biography. London: Routledge, 1996. Smith, Terry. Making the Modern: Industry, Art, and Design in America. Chicago, Illinois: University of Chicago Press, 1993. Stremmel, Kerstin, Uta Grosenick. Realism. New York: Taschen, 2004 Tibol, Raquel. Frida Kahlo: An Open Life. Mexico: University of New Mexico Press, 1999...

Johannes Vermeer: Girl with a Pearl Earring

...Vermeer’s masterstroke with the collaboration of background light brings life to the entire color scheme. One of Vermeer’s main characteristics, a speckled methodology of applying paint, is known as pointille. Pointillism is a method of painting with dots to achieve various affects. You can see the use of this technique in this painting. One of the best examples of this technique would be the corner of her mouth that is highlighted with light colored points. Overall, Johannes’ “Girl with...

Pablo Picasso

...Available from http://www. artquotes. net/masters/picasso/pablo_musicians1921. htm. [06 April 2009] Rewald, Sabine. “Cubism. ” (2004). Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art. Database online. Available from http://www. metmuseum. org/toah/hd/cube/hd_cube. htm. [06 April 2009] Voorhies, James. “Pablo Picasso (1881-1973). ” (2004). Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art. Database online. Available from http://www. metmuseum....

An Analysis of Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon

...Perhaps that is why Les Demoiselles d'Avignon is one of the most famous and important paintings Picasso ever created. Works Referenced Brenson, Michael. "Art: Picasso's 'Demoiselles'. " 08 2 1988. New York Times. 8 Dec 2008 <http://query. nytimes. com/gst/fullpage. html? res=940DE6DF153EF93BA35751C0A96E948260>. Frey, Julia. “Anatomy of a Masterpiece. ” The New York Times. 30 April 1995. Green, Christopher. "Les demoiselles d'Avignon. Paris, Musee Picasso. " The Burlington Magazine 130(...

Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe Paintings

...A final similarity between the two paintings is the significance they both played in their style of art. Leonardo DaVinci’s Mona Lisa is said to have “become the prototype for Renaissance paintings.” (Lorenzzi, Rosella. "Mona Lisa." Mona Lisa. N.p., 16 Jan. 2008. Web. 16 Dec. 2012.) Andy Warhol was affectionately known as the “Pope of Pop”, and his Marilyn Monroe series came to be one of the most well-known and popular works of pop art in his time. The final difference between the two,...

Comparing Medieval Art to Renaissance Art

...By the late 14th century, Italy had already been introduced to the new version of the renaissance era. That period was characte4rise by outstanding arts like the sculpture of Nicola Pisano and also Giovanna Pisano. There was a major development in figurative painting where precedence was set on naturalistic and three dimensional approaches that classified the classics it into different categories (Charles, 2009). The period was viewed as aim of classifying and rebirth of art from different persp...

Ideal Renaissance Man

...He was also recognized for his many works of art known all around the world today, The Mona Lisa and The Last Supper for example. He was diverse in his thinking and saw many of his ideas through. He was a living example and true to Leon Alberti’s (1404–72) quote: that “men can do all things if they will. ” The Renaissance is understood as a historical era of cultural movements. Its contributors are termed “Ideal Renaissance Men and Women” for making it possible. Even so, they continu...

Compare the practices of Picasso and Pollock

...Evidently it is clear how his artist practice reflects the revolutionary artists period at the time within his views, choices and actions. In conclusion, the practice of Pablo Picasso and Paul Jackson Pollock highlight how their views, choices and actions were highly influenced by cubism, abstractionism and the social and political states at the time. Evidently the two had different modern worlds, although both valued the avant-garde values of breaking boundaries and the notion of exploration of...

Da Vinci – The Genius at the Venetian Las Vegas

...Da Vinci was left handed and did not force himself to switch like most people did then. In his day with quill pens, it was important to pull the writing instrument rather than pull it. When a right handed person writes left to write he or she pulls the pen and his or her hand does not smear wet ink. When a left handed person writes left to write he or she pushes the pen for less control and his or her hand smears the ink for less legibility. Rather than change his writing hand, he changed the di...

Expressive Art

...Picasso eventually setteled into life in Paris and although he was Spanish spent the majority of his life in France, and became a French speaker. This explains why his paintings have French names. From 1901 he began to sign his paintings 'picasso.' He married twice and fathered four children with three woman- Picasso was known as a relentless womanizer and a charmer. His first wife Olga Khokhlova was a Russian ballerina. Picasso painted her many times, the most famous painting of her is one of h...

Leonardo Da Vinci

...If his work had been published in an intelligible form which others were able to understand, Leonardo’s place as a pioneering scientist would not be questioned. If his inventions had been built, they might have revolutionised the history of technology. The wealth of Leonardo’s anatomical studies that have survived also shapes the basic principles of modern scientific illustration. From observing the static structure of the human body, Leonardo continued to study the role of individual parts ...

Frida Kahlo

...Frida chose to paint in the style of Mexican street artists, who painted paintings known as ‘retablos’, which were in essence votive paintings offered to God as a form of release from misfortunes if any. She also chose as her subjects, her traumatic and tempestuous relationship with Diego Rivera, for whom she was his third wife, and her constant and relentless and merciless pain, caused by her accident and the subsequent surgeries and related complications. Critics often like to state that F...

The Power of Truth

...Although this account may be less dramatic than the “story version” of the reality, it is in fact the reality. It is the truest truth; the “happening-truth. ” Works Cited O'Brien, Tim. The Things They Carried: A Work of Fiction. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1990. Print. "Tim O'Brien Quotes. " Tim O'Brien Quotes (Author of The Things They Carried). N. p. , n. d. Web. 18 Feb. 2013. . "Titanic Facts vs. Titanic Fiction. " HubPages. N. p. , n. d. Web. 18 Feb. 2013. . "The Titanic Gazette: R. M....

Truth in Picasso's the Old Guitarist

...The quality of work, however, becomes a virtue rather than a flaw, as wider or more personal appeal, while less grounded in absolute truth, can make a work far more effective and immediate, encouraging personal soul level responses rather than a correct way of experiencing the truth. A less insistent analysis which does not rely on the happening of truth as something which can be perceived as well-done or unsuccessful may allow for greater levels of experience and understanding of art, while rev...

A Critique of the painting, “The Last Supper”

...Leonardo wanted to take his time and achieve his dreams without restriction of time. He painted the painting on a dry wall instead of wet plaster. Many people have criticized Leonardo method because the painting started to deteriorated few years after completion. Leonardo’s paintings are timeless and long-term, but the Last Supper is not. The painting began to chip away during the 16th century. The painting has been renovated several times to conserve it. Though many people have criticized him...

The Old Guitarist

...The man depicted in the painting looks like he has no life, he looks to be homeless and may be close to death. He is trying to cover his misery and find comfort in his music. The large brown guitar is the center piece in this painting; it physically fills up most of the space on this canvas. It is the focus piece of the guitarist and the viewers. The guitar is also the only change in color; the guitar has a change of color into a dull brown rather than blue like the rest of the painting. The gui...

Georges Braque And Pablo Picasso

...Retrieved May 10, 2008 from the World Wide Web: http://www. time. com/time/time100/artists/profile/picasso. html 3. Mataev, Y. Pablo Picasso. Retrieved May 10, 2008 from the World Wide Web: http://www. abcgallery. com/P/picasso/picassobio. html#Between 4. Pablo Picasso. Retrieved May 10, 2008 from the World Wide Web: http://www. artchive. com/artchive/P/picasso. html 5. Russell, J. (1982, January 17). Rediscovering Georges Braque in his Centenary Year. New York Times on the Web. Retrieved May 10...


FAQ about Artists


❓ How did the Renaissance change man’s view of man?

...Thankfully due to reason the church couldn't kill people, because they knew they were wrong. Astronomy changed man’s view of man by loosening the Church’s grip on people. Man’s view on man changed due to art, literature, and astronomy. Although ...

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