Formal analysis of work of art

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You are required to produce a formal analysis of a work of art chosen by the instructor. The work of art you will formally analyze is available for download

Describe the work of art using the formal analysis terms and concepts. The terms and concepts used for a formal analysis can be found in the handout l

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Grave stele of Hegeso, from the Dipylon cemetery, Athens. Pentelic marble, Athens, National Museum 1.49 x 0.92m, c. 400 BCE The visual analysis of artistic form. form 1. In art, an object’s shape and structure, either in two dimensions (for example, a figure painted on a surface) or in three dimensions (such as statue). medium (pl. media) 1. a liquid (e.g., oil or water) with which pigments are mixed to make paint. 2. the material or form used by an artist, composer, or writer : oil paint is the most popular medium for glazing. LINE  The path of a moving point made by a tool, instrument, or medium as it moves across an area.2 SHAPE  An area that stands out from its surroundings because of a defined or implied boundary or because of differences of value, color, or texture.2 VALUE  The relative degree of lightness or darkness. The characteristic of color determined by its lightness or darkness of the quality of light reflected by the color.2 COLOR  The visual response to different wavelengths of sunlight identified as red, green, blue, and so on’ having the physical properties of hue, intensity, and value.2 ✓ hue: chromatic distinctiveness of color ✓ intensity: saturation or purity of color, pure color, or mixed with a neutral or other color ✓ value: relative light or dark of color TEXTURE  The surface character of a material that can be experienced through touch or the illusion of touch.2 SPACE  The interval, or measurable distance, between points or images; can be actual or illusionary.2 Other terms that can be useful when analyzing a work of art formally: BALANCE  The design or arrangement of parts in a whole grouping that creates a feeling of equilibrium or equality. 1 EMPHASIS • Dominance: A condition that occurs when one or more compositional elements within a visual field is emphasized and becomes more visually prominent than the others. 1 • Focal Point: A compositional device emphasizing a certain area or object to draw attention to the piece and to encourage closer scrutiny of the work. 3 SCALE  The association of size relative to a constant standard or specific unit of measure related to human dimensions. 2 Questions to consider asking when using formal analysis • • • • • What is being emphasized? How is it being emphasized? What does the artist use to create emphasis? Line, shape, color? How does the artist use color? Is there a pattern or rhythm to the work of art? Is there an overall harmony or unity to the work? Do the elements seem connected or disconnected? • Does the work evoke an emotion? How does the artist achieve this effect? • • • What is the format of the work, vertical or horizontal? Is it a large- or small-scale work? What type of texture is seen in the work of art? Does the work seem rough or smooth? What indication of space is inherent in the work of art? Does the artist create an illusion of depth in the work? How is this achieved? 1. 2. 1 Basic Visual Concepts and Principles, Allschlaeger and Busic-Snyder, 1 ed. 2 Art Fundamentals: Theory and Practice, Ocvirk, et al. 11 ed. st th ...
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Formal analysis of work of art
This is a three-dimensional sculpture that is curved from an upright slab known as a
“stele” by the early historians. Actually, the current generation of people now regards the ancient
stele as “gravestone.” Therefore, this sculpture is curved from an upright gravestone. It serves as
a symbolic monument. The emphasis of this sculpture is evident in the cons...

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