In Byzantine art, The Ohrid Icons are a series of icons produced in the early fourteenth century. One icon depicts the Virgin Mary on one side and the Annunciation on the other side. The Annunciation scene portrays the Virgin Mary seated on a throne. The background is typically Byzantine: it was a gold leaf background that mimics the golden backgrounds of mosaics. The architecture is also rendered in a later Byzantine style. The buildings are painted with an attempt at perspective that is more skewed than correct, but which still provides a suggestion of space. The figures themselves are rendered with Byzantine faces, small mouths, and long, narrow noses. The faces, hands, and feet are carefully shaded and modeled. The clothing also follows the Byzantine style with dramatic, deep folds and a schematic patterning that renders the body underneath. The bodies, however, differ from their earlier Byzantine predecessors. They have weight and appear to exist underneath their clothing. The scene also takes cues from Late Byzantine styles since it is dramatically depicted. The Virgin sits still and a single gesture signifies her unease at the angel's approach. The angel Gabriel, meanwhile, appears to have just landed. He strides forward, with an arm outstretched. His weight placed completely on his front leg and his back leg appears to just be about to set down on the ground. We are witness to the moment of his arrival. The momentum of his arrival is further emphasized by the placement of the angel's wings. One wing has settled down onto his back while the other reaches upwards, balancing his flight. In…
Comparing Ancient and Classical Art
Inea B. West
May 25, 2015
Comparing Ancient and Classical Art
Long before the Latin and English alphabet, humans expressed non-verbal communication through symbols and pictograms. They expressed themselves on tokens, walls, papyrus, wood and clay tablets. Many people believe that the earliest traces of writing came from Ancient Egypt. However, the earliest known writing system is Sumerian cuneiform. The Egyptians may not have been the…
History of Mixed Martial Arts
Mixed Martial Arts is a full on contact sport that is made up of boxing, muay Thai, taekwondo, kickboxing, wresteling and other styles of fighting. The roots of this sport can be traced back to ancient Greece. This Martial Art primarily only had two rules which forbid biting and eye gouging. As the popularity of the sport began to grow many things within the sport also changed.
The modern history of MMA -a shorter name for Mixed Martial Arts- began with a legend named…
Why the Arts are so Important
Before we can talk about why they are important, I think that we must also talk about what exactly are the “arts”. Arts can be described as dance, music, painting, ceramics, photography, theater etc. It is not just the traditional art that most people think of, such as painting, ceramics and drawing.
According to the article “Why Arts Education is Crucial, and Who’s Doing it Best”, art education is important because it reaches us on so many levels. The article mentions…
What is the definition of art? Did you know there are eight different types of art? I will
give two definitions of art and go over the eight different types there are.
Definition of Art:
1. The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power (oxford…
History of Art and Visual Culture 102-099WB
Prof. Denise Budd
Greek Architecture Assignment
The Greek architecture surprises by the complexity of their construction as well as for its vigor, harmony and refinement. It also suggests eternity, as it has endured over the millennia and still inspires awe and appreciation to observe its huge stone columns, stoic beauty and fine craftsmanship. The Greek architecture used as principal element the columns, and it is considered…
Research the characteristics of:
Harmony: pleasing arrangement, consistent, orderly
Idealised: made to look perfect, generally youthful
Naturalistic: realistic, lifelike, natural
Stylised: great simplification, done to a set of rules or stereotypes
Archaic Period (approximately 700 – 450BC):
The early work was stylised. Figures at first were stiff and frontal, influenced from the stances of Egyptian statues that had one foot forward and hands clenched by their sides…
in Guangzhou China. I am majoring Art in my college, and I am here to write this letter for pursuing advanced art studies in the University of California. I believe those studies are indispensable for my future career development and will benefit me for my art studies.
I chose art as my intended major because I love art and beauty. Art is everywhere in my life. I studied art in my country. Art already became my favorite course and enjoyed spending time in the art studio and drawing was always the…
A. Describe the four areas of emphasis in art education: dance, music, theater, and visual arts.
Dance is a physical form of art that can be taught to students. There are several advantages to learning dance: flexibility, endurance, coordination, motor skills, and even creative thinking. The center for Educator Development in Fine Arts states,” Dance involves a way of knowing that is intellectual and physical, intuitive and rational. When people create, perform or respond to dance, they engage…
Short AP Art History Essay #1
The differences between the art and architecture of the Classical period and the Hellenistic period
The Classical art period was highly stylized compared to earlier periods such as the archaic period. Classical statues were the dominant art form during those times and were characterized by simple and static poses with realistic anatomy and variety of drapery. The period also focused on artworks featuring gods and goddesses and scenes from mythology. The Greeks also liked…