Principles of Design Exorcise

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

Emphasis: In this picture the artist is using emphasis. The focal point is the official. He has all the light and color focused on him while everything else is dimmed out surround him. Those lower than him are de-emphasized in this picture. The official is even the tallest person in the room when comparing him to the hunched over person next to him.


Study of Clouds with a Sunset near Rome by Simon Alexandre Clement Denis (1786-1801)

Contrast: In this picture, the artist conveys the contrast from the roaring clouds above to the tiny city below it. When focusing on the city, its size is significantly different than that of the clouds. Its color is different too using much darker colors due to its small stature. The clouds above are much light when compared. The clouds are given more room to spread out and be seen.


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

Balance: Asymmetrical balance is being used in this piece of stained glass. The black lines that divide the pieces that make it up create an imbalance giving the shapes that make it up variety to them.


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

Unity: The elements come together in this piece. The picture is made up of different colors, shades, textures, feelings, etc. and they all come together in a blend.

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

Figure/Ground: The women in this picture stand out the most when compared to the background. They’re colors are much brighter and distinguishable than that of the forest that is behind them. The forest is, mostly, the same color making it less distinguishable from the women.

The Triumph of Venus by Alessandro Magnasco (Between 1720-1730)

Rhythm: There is a repetition in the architecture. The columns repeat, the ground stonework, and the stone fence rail behind the stature.

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