FAH101H1 Lecture Notes - Marcel Duchamp, Devotio Moderna, The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society

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MONUMENTS OF ART HISTORY LECTURE November 11TH 2010
Mona Lisa: Leo pushes expectations of genre, composition demonstrates triangle moves away from rep of social types,
more representation of individuality
Her gaze- addressing view symbolizes transgression in empowering female subjects
He kept it, unseen by many until his death, he could not part with it
Mme Picasso- paradigm of modernist art, not seen by many at the time before 1911
Some art works not ready to be seen but then clearly have a great impact
Part of royal collection of art what constitutes masterpiece?
Icon of museum art, artist react against status of Mona Lisa as holding this reputation, art that is edited small segment of
civilization, rejection of constraint against artistic tradition
See significance in own time in contact of entire western culture
Adoration of the magi- Milan 1481-2
o Theme, from new testament, virgin Mary, holding Christ, surrounded by old testament king who come to pay
respect to new king
o Shows mastery in depicting emotion, gestures gazes how he was interest in depicting psychological states ,
observer of human anatomy but also faces, searching for gestures used them to create drama
o Background est. contrast to calm of the central group battle scene, clamour and aggression in the background,
contrast
o Architecture, staircases, compared to similar paintings of Botticelli artist trying to come up with own solutions, to
anchor composition
o Using perspective to anchor composition
o I point perspective- signature device 15 `6 century, invented 1425 by Philip g, how do depict space in painting
passed on to future generations of artists
o Main idea behind 1pp was to render paintings believable, make them seem as if same order of reality as actual
nature
o Create architectural structure that it cold fool eye into believing it was snot rep of reality but extension of reality
imitating nature
o Geometrical drawing
o Dist objects smaller in size than near ones- vanishing point
o Mathematical principles of proportion
o It was technical, contrived system of rep space and objects, idea to render depth in painting, v p calculate din way
that it matches with pint of view of viewer
o Commands viewer to stand in specific spot to take it in
o Leo decided not to use it but focused on drama, narrative, human gesture, light shade, groupings
o Creative act in renaissance , element of choice that every artist
o Art more about mental activity than manual skill Marcel Duchamp
o Genesis- next painting new beginning?
Virgin of the rocks 1483 84
o Meant to be alter piece in church of San Francisco
o Shows how he gave figures and gestures etc leading role, way in which he commands the narrative
o St john baby, Christ, and angel
o Image is staged, but landscape, cave mountains misty water ways, repeated in his work
o His interest in nature is augmented by his studies of nature down in 1490;s
o Durer also interested in science, multiplicity of forms, underlines renaissance artistic practise
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