A History of Western Art by Laurie Adams

By Laurie Adams

Applicable for one-semester paintings background surveys or historically-focused artwork appreciation sessions, A background of Western Art, 5th variation, combines sound scholarship, lavish visuals, and a full of life narrative to supply scholars with an obtainable and interesting creation to artwork heritage. concentrating on the Western canon, the textual content provides a compelling chronological narrative from prehistory to the current. A non-Western complement, World perspectives: subject matters in Non-Western Art, addresses particular components of non-Western artwork and augments the Western chronology through illustrating moments of thematic relationships and cross-cultural touch.

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Axonometric drawings are more complex; they diagram all the parts of a building as if it is turned at an oblique angle to the flat drawing surface. An example can be seen in Chapter 10, where an axonometric drawing of the Byzantine church of Hagia Sophia (see fig. 14) shows its plan, its walls, its interior, and its dome. 14a, b. Plan and axonometric projection of Hagia Sophia. 9/3/10 3:39:24 PM Regular Two-Dimensional Geometric Shapes Shape When lines enclose a space, they create a shape, and the line that outlines the shape is called its contour.

They are often juxtaposed when a strong, eye-catching contrast is desired. Mixing two complementary hues, on the other hand, has a neutralizing effect and lessens the intensity of each. 8 as you look across the wheel from red to green. Red’s intensity decreases, and the gray circle in the center represents a “standoff ” between all the complementary colors. Value The relative lightness or darkness of an image is its value, also called brightness, shade, or tone. An object’s value is a function of the amount of light reflected from its surface.

C. Before that time, objects were made primarily for utilitarian purposes, although many have aesthetic qualities. It is important to remember, however, that our modern Western concept of “art” would almost certainly have been alien in the Stone Age, when an object’s aesthetic value was inseparable from its function. Sculpture Perhaps the most famous Paleolithic sculpture is the socalled Venus of Willendorf (fig. c. c. Although this figure can be held in the palm of one’s hand, it is a monumental object with a sense of organic form.

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