Formal Elements Part I

Screen Shot 2016-09-03 at 1.33.11 PM.pngThe Triumph of Venus by Alessandro Magnasco (Between 1720-1730)

Line is used in this piece of art. It’s demonstrated through the usage of the columns. It’s centered and goes straight up, making it vertical. This is one of the first things the eye will look at when observing due to its calm feeling. In the distance, there is a noticeable usage of it too. It’s through the poles and buildings.  However, the people and mythological creatures are not in a normal looking way. They are in a odd manor. rather than standing up in a normal fashion, they are all over. Line is being used to demonstrate their strife.

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Diana and Her Nymphs in a Landscape by Laurent de La Hyre (1644)

The usage of space is there when looking at this piece from a perspective. The women get smaller in the distance. So does the trees, the river, and even the mountain. Things get smaller and fade away as the viewer looks out more giving it the illusion of depth.

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St. John the Evangelist by Unknown German Artist (1430)

Stained glass is used to represent shape in this piece. The black lines that separate the shapes, that make up St. John, are all organic. Some of the shapes qualify as geometric though.

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Hercules and Omphale by Luigi Garzi (About 1700-1710)

Color stands out in this piece. It seems give off the emotion of this being a joyous occasion. The intensity is present in the colors red and tannish-yellow. The value of the picture is bright. The viewer can see everything going on giving them a clear understanding.

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Portrait of the Sisters Zénaïde and Charlotte Bonaparte by Jacques-Louis David (1821)

The usage of texture in this piece is present. The girls dresses are so detailed that one can see every single fold and wrinkle. The same goes fort he blanket between them and the paper one is holding.

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Daniel and Cyrus Before the Idol Bel by Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn (1633)

Value is used create an center of interest. The man has all the color and light focused on him because he is in a position of authority. The people surrounding are much darker and are hidden in the background to show that their importance is lesser.

Screen Shot 2016-09-03 at 3.16.45 PM.pngStudy of Clouds with a Sunset near Rome by Simon Alexandre Clement Denis (1786-1801)

The size relationship in this piece of art in very noticeable. The city, when compared to the clouds, is significantly smaller. The clouds tower over the landscape with a menacing force.

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