Art History Essay

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Art History Survey 2
READING QUESTIONS 1. How does Ernst Gombrich define style and how might we understand the relationship between an object’s style and the time and place in which it was created?
Ernst Gombrich defines style as “any distinctive, and therefore recognizable, way in which an act is performed or an artifact made or ought to be performed and made.” He also portrays style as distinguished event or pieces that has “desirable consistency and conspicuousness” and “stands out from a mass of ‘undistinguished’ events or objects”. In relation to time and place in which style was created, “The analysis of stylistic traditions in terms of the means peculiar to individual arts cuts across another approach, which is
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Also there is a sense of decorum, appropriateness, and morality was emphasized. The painting isn’t styled with playful subject matter, or dreamy mythological, Greek god-like figures and bright colors, but technical approach by the artist.

4. Through the use of shade and applied shadows to representing three dimensional space on a two dimensional canvas. The 1-point perspective of the room was convincingly natural; the human figures were well proportioned and anatomically accurate.

5. The return to the Roman antiquity was the primary source of inspiration, which led to a period of resurgence in classicism and classical knowledge. It was also a period of enlightenment and rational thinking. This entire picture was a result of an imagination, drawn up with convincing realism to serve as an illustration to convince the viewers at their first glance.

4. Explain the significance of genre and narrative in the classification of David’s Oath as Neoclassical.
This image is classified in the genre of history painting. This painting was based on the legend about the founding of Rome. David tells the story of three brothers that make an oath of loyalty to their father swearing defend their city ‘til death. . Most Neo-Classical paintings take their subjects from Ancient Greek and Roman history. In this painting, the Horatii brothers are swearing an oath

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