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Applicable for one-semester paintings heritage surveys or historically-focused paintings 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 available and interesting creation to artwork historical past. targeting the Western canon, the textual content offers 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 by way of illustrating moments of thematic relationships and cross-cultural touch.

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Straight” is asso­ciated with rightness, honesty, and truth, while “crooked”—whether referring to a line or a person’s character—denotes the opposite. When a baseball player hits a line drive, the bat connects firmly with the ball; and a “hard-liner” is a person who takes a strong position on an issue. In the configuration of the face, it is especially easy to see the expressive impact of lines (fig. 2). In (a), the upward curves create a happy face, and in (b) the downward curves create a sad one.

Color, one of the most powerful elements at the artist’s disposal, is derived from light. , they vibrate at various frequencies), and these are perceived by the human brain as different colors. This can be demonstrated by passing a beam of light through a prism (a triangular block of glass), which breaks the light down into its constituent hues (colors) (fig. 7). This is the same phenomenon as a rainbow, in which rays of light from the sun are refracted through falling raindrops.  If all the colors of the spectrum are recombined, white light is again produced.

1). 1.  1485–90. indd 13 9/3/10 3:39:21 PM 14 2 : t h e l a n g u a g e o f a r t Balance can also be achieved by nonequivalent elements. In Bernini’s David (see fig. 13), the weight of the figure is not evenly distributed on either side of the central axis. However, although the parts are not arranged symmetrically, there is an equilibrium between them that produces an aesthetically satisfying result. 13. known as asymmetrical balance. Gianlorenzo Bernini, David, 1623. Regular Lines Vertical Horizontal Curved Line A line is the path traced by a moving point.

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