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Art History Essay Example

Art History Essay Example

Art can be a daunting subject to cover in-depth. Art has been a part of history since the test of time and continues to grow in astonishing quantities. There are thousands of artists and pieces, including paintings, sculptures, and architecture, all of which are scattered worldwide. Along with the long history of art are two questions that are often asked and debated.  What truly makes art important? What makes art truly beautiful? Is it the subject matter, depictions, or representations? While each of these aspects is magnificent, my answer is no. These are not what makes art essential or truly beautiful. Covering the Pre-Renaissance art period, beginning in the late 14th century, through the Contemporary art of today, I will be critiquing two pieces of art from two artists from several art periods that embody technique and style unique during the time.

Sposalizio Della Vergine, better known as Giotto, took a step away from the Medieval painting style in the early 14th century and focused on more humanism and realism in Pre-Renaissance art. Giotto is best known for the frescos he painted in the Arena Chapel that depicts the theme of usury in several different paintings (Harris & Zucker, 2011). Giotto, however, does more than paint a series of pictures; he creates a story. Within each scene, he illustrates feelings, emotions, and how such biblical prophets are no different from ordinary people.

The “Lamentation” is a scene in the Arena Chapel when Christ dies for our sins. Painted in 1304, Giotto paints this scene in great depth. The angels, looking down upon Christ, hold their faces, faces that show the agony they feel over Christ’s death. Mary, a mother, is holding her son with love and tenderness and looking down at his face with the sorrow of never seeing her child again. What I find most striking is the grief Giotto was able to capture on the faces of the disciples while a few throw their arms in the air, some cry, and others show pity for Mary. Having experience with such raw emotion of loss draws you into the painting. Another astounding piece in the Pre-Renaissance period is the “Arnolfini Portrait.”

Jan van Eyck’s “Arnolfini Portrait” in 1434 appears to be a straightforward oil painting that depicts a wealthy merchant and his wife (Artstor, 2017). However, this painting is packed with images that signify wealth and religious implications (Artstor, 2017). The chandelier, mirror, rug, dog, and oranges are all signifiers of wealth but also religious motifs (Artstor, 2017). The chandelier has one candle lit, representing the seeing eye of God; the mirror is decorated with scenes from the Passion of Christ, and there are also rosary beads hanging next to the mirror (Artstor, 2017). What stands out the most is how van Eyck creates space in this piece and masters the art of drapery, a focal point during the Pre-Renaissance.

When viewing the “Arnolfini Portrait,” what stands out the most is the merchant’s and his wife’s drapery. The drapery is vibrant and boosted with colors. It beautifully cascades down their bodies with remarkable grace with creases and folds, as if the drapery was elegantly put into the right place. It is also unavoidable to miss the space that van Eyck creates in several different ways. First is the overlapping of objects. The merchant is blocking the table with the oranges; the woman obscures a portion of the bed, and the woman’s drapery leaves only a hint of the rug. There is also the visual appeal that the dog and pair of shoes on the floor are closest to the viewer while the bed and chandelier seem the farthest away. Lastly is the use of the mirror, which is the centerpiece of the painting, that van Eyck masterfully places between the merchant and his wife. Giotto’s “Lamentation” and Jan van Eyck’s “Arnolfini Portrait” are marvelous examples of artwork during the Pre-Renaissance. As we move into the Renaissance period from 1400 through the 1600s, there is a shift in artistic mastery.

During the early Renaissance, the artwork became intended to generate an emotional reaction. Leonardo da Vinci evokes a sense of love, contentment, and adoration in the oil-on-panel painting “Benois Madonna” (Villarreal, 2010). Painted between 1475 through 1480, the “Benois Madonna” depicts baby Christ sitting in Mary’s lap (Villarreal, 2010).

What first comes to my attention in this masterpiece is how natural the mother and child look. A mother’s attention and happiness on her child as the child plays contently with a flower in her lap. Mary looks young and with simplistic beauty. Also, the way Leonardo da Vinci painted the baby’s body with rolls and chubbiness is a masterful representation of what is seen in babies that makes them adorable. I react emotionally to the “Benois Madonna” to da Vinci’s use of light and shadows.

Da Vinci creates a dark background as if nothing is beyond the scene except for a window, which provides light on the mother and child. This makes a private moment between the mother and child where nothing else matters, and they are entwined in the company of each other. Also helpful in creating an intimate moment is the shape of the picture in comparison to the window. It is almost as if the viewer is looking through another window peering at the mother and child after the early Renaissance is the brief period of the High Renaissance.

Michelangelo Buonarroti’s tempera on wood “Doni Tondo” of 1504 is an extraordinary piece from the High Renaissance. “Doni Tondo,” sometimes called The Holy Family, depicts Christ as a child, Mary, and Saint Joseph, along with John the Baptist and five nude male figures in the background (Finnan, 2018). A gilt wood frame surrounds the picture, designed but not carved by Michelangelo (Finnan, 2018).

What captures my attention the most in this painting is the flawlessness of these religious figures. Mary is very muscle toned, and her cheeks are a perfect rosy pink. Christ as a child, has divine, beautifully grown-out brown curly hair, and even in Joseph’s age, with balding on the top and grey hair, his face is smooth without a wrinkle. Next is how balanced the picture is. Mary, Joseph, and Christ are in the center of the piece, and their bodies are in the perfect triangle shape. It is almost as if the background is divided evenly into three sections; the ground that the holy family sits upon, the naked men behind them, and the sky above all of them.

The colors in the picture also stand out. The light tones of the sky, grass, and nude men become a backdrop to the vibrant shades of pinks, reds, yellows, and blues of Mary and Joseph’s drapery. Lastly, the shadows and light on the face and skin of the religious figures depict their holiness and perfection. This painting is a spectacular representation of such divine characters but still grasps a more humanistic feel. Thus, da Vinci and Michelangelo’s artwork are inspiring during this period.

Into the Late Rennaissance, a new style is formed; mannerism. Mannerist artists began dismissing the Rennaissance’s harmony and ideal proportions for irrational settings, artificial colors, unclear religious matters, and elongated figures (Clarke Clarke, 2014). This style is present in Pieter Aertsen’s “Meat Stall.” This 1551 oil panel depicts a peasant market scene with abundant meats and other foods (Schaudies, 2015).

My first awareness is how the religious aspect of the painting is not at the forefront, although it is present. The background on the left is a small scene depicting the Flight into Egypt when Joseph, Mary, and baby Jesus flee to Egypt because they learn that King Herod intends to kill the male infants in the area of Bethlehem (Schaudies, 2014). Everything that is going on in the picture is with the idea. In the right background, there is a tavern. Inside it looks like people are sitting around eating with a big animal carcass hanging next to them which they do not seem to mind.

Then you see the butcher; he is signified as the butcher because of his red coat (Schaudies, 2014). The butcher appears to be putting water, from the well, into another canister.   Most importantly is an abundance of meat, and carcasses, including the heads of animals at the forefront of this painting. There is an assortment of meat, including pig’s feet, sausages, fish, and beef. There are also different depictions of how the meat has been prepared; cooked, raw, off, and on the carcass. It looks lifelike; the cow or ox head is bigger than the pot that sits within the meat, the fish and pig’s feet are small but still detailed, and the sausages of different sizes show the skill in making them. However, the choice of colors used for the meat also gives it an artificial feel. Given the religious scene and the abundance of meat, the painting is almost like a sign of greed. Another Mannerist artist is El Greco.

“Adoration of the Shepherds,” a vibrant, beautiful art piece, is created by artist El Greco. He began in 1612 and finished just before his death in 1614 (Metropolitan Museum, 2015). This piece, like so many others, including “The Holy Family,” “Christ Carrying the Cross,” and ” Christ Healing the Blind,” is oil on canvas and depicts Christ’s life (Metropolitan Museum, 2015). “Adoration of the Shepherds” is the moment when the shepherds visit Christ in Bethlehem at birth to honor what would be the salvation of humankind (Metropolitan Museum, 2015). El Greco did not achieve the balance, agreeable colors, and understandable space you see in the early and high Renaissance period but exemplified the mannerism style.

The first aspect to note is how the shepherds are elongated and how small baby Christ is in comparison. It almost seems like the shepherd on the right is a giant, toppling over everyone else to look at baby Christ. Even the shepherd’s body kneeling on the rock looks like his torso has been stretched to peer at the tiny naked baby Christ. Next, I notice the angels looking down from the heavens. When I look closely, I see that their bodies are twisted but are still posed with grace. Another compelling aspect of the “Adoration of Shepherds” is the contrast between light and dark.

The surrounding, swirling, black background confines the viewer to the scene. This compresses space, which is radiated with light from baby Christ. The light El Greco paints coming from baby Christ; lights the faces of the shepherds and extends upward so we can see the angels looking through the clouds. It is compelling and fascinating that such light can come from tiny Christ. Lastly are the vibrant yellows, reds, and blues that highlight the swirling background and draw you into each shepherd, Mary, and the two angels. “Adoration of Shepherds” really captures the naturalism and complexity of the Mannerist period. The mannerism style in these two paintings is the last art mastery of the Renaissance period as artists began transitioning into the Baroque period from 1600 to 1725.

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio’s mastery of the characteristics of Baroque art can be seen in his oil on canvas painting “Death of a Virgin,” which took two years to complete from 1604 to 1606 (the Loire, 2013). “Death of a Virgin” depicts Mary in a red dress lying on a table with apostles gathered around her and St. John and St. Peter grieving over her death (the Loire, 2013).

The first distinctive characteristic I see in the painting is Caravaggio’s ability to make Mary’s death naturalistic. Instead of traditionally making religious figures holly, there is a more raw and realistic view.  Mary has an unattractive appearance, and the apostles, St. John and St. Peter, look like typical people, some balding with age, grieving over a loss. Next is the use of light and shadows that Caravaggio masters. The light appears to enter from the top left corner of the room. The light shining onto the bald heads of the two apostles and the upper part of Mary’s body is very uncomplimentary. However, because Mary’s body and the light are at different angles, Mary becomes the center of the painting. Lastly, the large red cloth on the top of the art, almost like a banner, forms an arch that makes the scene look more dramatic.  Another great artist during the Baroque period is Peter Paul Ruben.

The 1618 oil on canvas painting “Head of Medusa” is a repulsive depiction of the moment that Greek hero Perseus has just cut off the head of Medusa, which is lying on top of a cliff (Kappe, 2017). There is no way to make a severed head look beautiful, but Ruben’s version of the tale of Medusa is gruesome. The gruesomeness, along with many other techniques in the painting, creates a masterful representation of artwork during this period.

The most eye-catching in the painting is how the snakes and Medusa’s faces are natural and lifelike. You see snakes in all shades of browns and greens, and Medusa’s face is pale, her eyes roll downward, and her lips are losing their color, almost the same pale as her lifeless face. The lizards and spiders, which are also very lifelike, make my skin crawl. Next, the addition of spiders, lizards, spatters, and a pool of blood with what seems to be baby snakes create a dramatic effect. The addition of lizards and spiders also appeals to the sense that in nature, you are never alone; there is always some form of life nearby.  Another aspect of this painting is the motion. The snakes are slithering around Medusa’s head, over each other, in different directions, and one snake is eating the other.

The dark cloud in the background makes it seem like a storm is coming. Lastly, I notice Ruben’s magnificent use of shadows and light. Medusa’s face appears to be the light of the art pieces, surrounded by shadows underneath her head and a dark background. This makes her face the center of the painting. Moving away from the Baroque period, artists enter the Enlightenment period.

During the Enlightenment period from 1760 through 1850, there were two new but distinct art movements; Neoclassicism (1760-1830) and Romanticism (1800-1850). One famous artist from the Enlightenment period is Jacques- Louis David, known for his Neoclassicism style. “Death of Socrates,” a 1787 oil on canvas painting, exemplifies David’s mastery of such technique (The MET, 2019). This painting depicted when the Athenian courts executed Socrates for the crime of blasphemy; his behavior toward the Gods was irreverent, and he exerted a corrupting influence on his young male followers (The MET, 2019).

In traditionalNeoclassicism, “Death of Socrates” has a Greek theme, and the scene glorifies bravery. Socrates is sitting on the bed, strong and confident as he is about to meet his fate. I can see the poison cup held out to Socrates by one of his distressed followers. Next is the drama that this scene depicts. Socrates’ male followers are emotional and distraught. One is holding his face, another pointing up to the sky, and another is crying against the wall as if the wall is his comfort.

There is even a man praying at the foot of the bed. Then there is Socrates, who has his finger in the air and a stern look on his face, almost like he is ridiculing his followers for being upset. However, true to the Neoclassicism style, all the male figures look statue-like in their poses. Another point to note is the illusion of space. There is a dome-shaped hallway that leads to another room that seems amazingly huge, and then to follow that room, you see a magnificent staircase. Lastly, I notice the light shining down upon the scene from the top of the painting as if creating the depiction of a holy scene. Jacques-Louis David does an astounding job at capturing the Neoclassicism style in the “Death of Socrates. Just like David, Joseph Mallord William Turner captures Romanticism during the Enlightenment period in his painting “The Slave Ship” in 1840.

Based on a poem that describes a slave ship adrift in a typhoon and on the story of the slave ship, Zong, whose captain had thrown overboard sick and dying slaves so that he could collect insurance money for enslaved people lost at sea, “The Slave Ship,” depicts the violence against African Americans during this particular period (Thomson, 2013). This painting also is a political statement in which the idea of shipping enslaved people abroad was despicable. Such injustices were a significant focus for Romanticism artists. The landscapes were also used to evoke an emotional response along with political statements.

The landscape is terrifying and unsettling. The unpredictable dark grey murky ocean has white foam-like waves with streaks of blood. Although not part of the landscape itself, you cannot help but notice the limbs of enslaved people scattered throughout the ocean in the horrific notion of what humans did to other humans. The jagged clouds and color comparison from the left and right side of the painting depicts that even with the chaos in the ocean, the storm is just beginning and will get worse.

The bright, warm colors of red, yellow, and orange are not cheerful but rather alarming and catch the viewer’s eye at first glance of the painting. Lastly, the sun swirls in the sky, almost evoking the fiery wrath that has been brought upon the slave ship. The landscape that Turner creates in this painting captures the appalling nature of the slave trade overseas. Thus, Turner’s painting, “The Slave Ship,” exemplifies the style and technique pertinent to Romanticism during the Enlightenment period. Impressionism is the next time period in art history, between 1870 and 1900.

Two astounding artists from the Impressionist period are Claude Monet and Georges Seurat. However, coming from the same art period, they have two different styles and techniques. The “Woman with a Parasol” is an oil on canvas painting from 1875 by Claude Monet. This painting depicts Madame Monet and her son (Butler, 2008). Monet created this painting outdoors for several hours (Butler, 2008). The parasol, the veil, and the dress of Madame Monet symbolize status, while her dress refers to her purity (Butler, 2008).

It is important for Impressionist artists to paint everyday scenes, outdoor scenes, and the use of color at the moment of a glimpse. I can see the masterful depiction of light as well as the movement of air. The effects of sunlight are captured by using shades of dark and light colors to indicate shadows and sunlit areas. The imperfection of brushstrokes in different sizes and directions creates an endless sky and almost a bending of the grass, reflecting a breeze. Likewise, the wildflowers’ sway and the parasol’s almost floatiness heighten the sense of the breeze. I can also see the essence of the breeze in the way the woman’s dress flows towards the left. Lastly, the mix of colors creates fluidity, making the landscape more realistic. Along with the view, the combination of pinks and yellow within Madame Monet’s white dress makes it shimmer and flow in the same direction as the rest of the objects within the art piece.

Like Claude Monet and other Impressionist artists, Georges Seurat also focuses on outdoor scenes. However, he uses pointillism instead of bold brushstrokes in his painting. An excellent example is Seurat’s “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte,” an oil on canvas painting finished in 1886. Seurat depicts people relaxing on a Sunday afternoon in a suburban park on an island in the Seine River called La Grande Jatte (Stanska, 2016). It is an ordinary day with 48 people, eight boats, three dogs, and even a monkey (Stanska, 2016).

What caught my eye in this painting are the shadows. Instead of traditionally represented by the color black, the idea of pointillism allows the colors that the shadow meets to define its color. So instead of seeing black shadows that will mask the color of the painting, we see darker shades of green surrounded by lighter shades.  Also, I find the use of light to be unique in this art piece. The sun, coming in from the left, meets with every person and object, and I think it is masterful how Seurat blended colors. Lastly, I notice there is not much movement in this picture. Thus, instead of focusing on movement, I see a focus on form. For example, in the illusion of space, people and objects closer to the viewer are more prominent. At the same time, those that are supposed to seem further away are smaller. However, with the lack of movement within the scene, the figures and objects tend to be stiff instead of looking as if they are relaxing. After the Impressionist period, the early 20th century begins the artistic era of Abstraction.

Several different techniques take form during the Abstract or Modern period in art history. Some of which include fauvism, expressionism, cubism, and symbolism. Henri Matisse created the new style of fauvism, which focuses on vibrant colors to evoke an emotional reaction and abstracted form. A great example is his 1905-1906 oil on canvas painting “The Joy of Life.” This exuberant painting depicts an Arcadian landscape filled with a forest, meadow, sea, and sky surrounding nude figures (Harris & Zucker, 2014).

First, because the landscape includes the sky, a lake, a meadow, and trees; everything that I find tranquility in when my life is stressful; this painting speaks to me. Next, I love the use of vibrant, bold colors. For me, I can see all the seasons. On the left, the oranges, reds, and greens of the trees remind me of fall. The right side of the painting with the purple and teal colors gives me the depiction of winter. The meadow in which all the nude figures are embarking on different activities is a mix between spring and summer.

The meadow is yellow-green, which looks like it is beginning to grow after a long winter, but the red flowers and green and purple grass suggest it could be summer. What sticks out the most for me is the idea that humans and nature are one. The two nude females in the middle of the picture have these red and green outlines as if nature is comforting or protecting them. Even the figures to the right and left are painted as if when they touch the ground, the color changes like their surroundings are entirely aware that these figures are present. Likewise, the nude subjects seem as though their every movement is delicate because of the love they have for their beautiful surroundings. Another magnificent artist during this period is Pablo Picasso.

Pablo Picasso, unlike Henri Matisse, is not known for the fauvism style but is another exemplary technique. Of the many artworks of Pablo Picasso, one that stands out the most to me is “Reading at a Table.” A 1934 oil on canvas painting depicts Picasso’s lover, Marie-Therese Walter reading a book (The Met, 2019). A woman seated alone in one of Pablo Picasso’s favored subject matters (The Met, 2019). In this painting, I can see the mastery of technique that Picasso is known for.

The most notable aspect is Pablo Picasso’s use of cubism in “Reading at a Table.”  First, I can see the use of geometric shapes with the long, thin rectangle shape of the table legs, the triangle in the woman’s dress underneath the table, and the rectangle behind her head; that I would consider to be a picture hanging on the wall. Next, traditional to cubism, the painting is flat or two-dimensional. The lampshade looks like someone has squashed it, the plant on the left side of the picture looks like part of the wall, and the woman’s dress and the chair look like they are one.

The last aspect of cubism I see in the painting is the different angles of the woman’s face. This painting is to the side, so I should only be able to see the woman’s left side of her face. However, I can see her whole nose along with her right eye. Aside from the use of cubism, this art piece’s color scheme stands out. Picasso’s use of dark and light colors makes the piece pop. The use of dark colors in the background and light shades of the woman and around her makes the woman stand out, becoming the center of attention. Thus, before moving on to contemporary art, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso are two examples of different mastery techniques seen during the abstract period.

Reaching the final art period, Contemporary art begins in the late 20th century into the early 21st century. Contemporary art generally defines artwork produced after the Modern art movement to the present day. Even though Contemporary is a substantial period filled with numerous artists, art pieces, and techniques, I will only focus on artwork from the late 20th century. The first painting is Jasper Johns’s 1959 oil on canvas, “False Start” (Gershman, 2014).

One extraordinary aspect of this painting I first noticed is the use of written colors that depict the colors used within the art itself. What makes these written words of colors so exciting is that they do not seem to be handwritten, but a stencil was used. The words are also in the different colors used throughout the painting and lay on top of opposite colors. For example, the word “RED” overlays on yellows and oranges. Another notable aspect is the vibrant colors that are part of this painting. There are bright reds, bold oranges, light and dark blues, and even splashes of white. What stands out the most is the brushwork. It seems like a gestural technique of applying paint to the canvas in erratic arm movements. The brushwork creates almost an explosion of colors like a firework display. The effective use of colors gives the painting an abstract feel.  The second painting I found inviting during the Contemporary period is “Varus.”

“Varus” is an oil and acrylic painting on burlap by Anselm Kiefer in 1976. This painting depicts a battle in Teutoberg forest where the Hermann and the Germanic people fought the Romans under the command of Varus, who died a humiliating death after watching his men being killed (Lambert, 2016). There are many aspects of this tragedy depicted within the painting.

When first looking at this marvelous painting, the brush strokes used to create the ground, and the use of white and light blue colors give the feeling that the battle occurs in the winter months. What stands out the most is the red on the snow-covered ground. It almost looks like a blood trail from someone who was hurt during the battle and was trying to walk to safety. I also see the deep red color of the tree trunks, which look like an enormous amount of blood has been splashed throughout the area. Something else that is interesting about the trees is that often not seen during the contemporary period, they are identifiable. Another significant aspect of this painting is the path between the forest.

Instead of a straight path, the swaying motion makes it seem like it continues beyond the canvas and never ends; it just begins to blend in with the fading landscape. Lastly, are the names written throughout the art piece. Varus is printed in black and very large compared to the other names written in white and much smaller. Another notable aspect is that the names seem to be handwritten. Thus, even though the battle that Kiefer depicted in the painting happens before 1976 and the extension of names added to the painting, it is almost like the viewer is a part of this horrific day.

In conclusion, art is an enormous part of the past, present, and future. Throughout the years, from the Pre-Renaissance through Contemporary art, artists have given viewers depictions of religious figures, landscapes, and everyday scenes in mass amounts of different materials, from oil paints on canvas and sculptures to architecture. So, what do I think makes art important and truly beautiful? The depictions and subject matter such astounding artworks capture are intriguing, but the culture makes art important and beautiful. Moreover, what makes each artwork the embodiment of our culture is what they represent. Each piece of art represents the artist’s technique, mastery, and imagination. It is such skill that gives us the vision of how society, the world, and people have grown throughout history; the triumphs, failures, and everyday living. Thus, the real beauty of art is evoking emotions, presenting an array of perspectives, broadening the view, and capturing the very essence of our existence.

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Frequently Asked Questions on the Topic


How do you write an introduction for an art history essay?

Create an introduction that sets the tone for your paper by briefly describing the image under consideration and stating your thesis. Explain how the elements interact to produce an overall effect. Instead of simply listing the elements, explain how they lead to or support your analysis.

How do you explain art history?

Art history is more than just listing all the art movements and placing them on a timeline. It is the study of works of art within their historical context. Art historians investigate the meaning of visual arts (painting, sculpture, architecture) at the time they were created.

What is important about art history?

Studying historical art teaches us how people saw themselves and their world and how they wanted to show it to others. Because the act of making art is one of humanity’s most ubiquitous activities, art history provides a means for us to understand our human past and its relationship to our present.

How do you conclude an art history essay?

A conclusion should not be a word-for-word restatement of the thesis but rather a summary of the main points raised in the body of the paper. You could then nod briefly to your argument’s broader implications.

Why is it important to study art?

It assists us in making sense of our own lives as well as identifying with the lives of others. It is also increasingly recognized as a catalyst for the creative thinking required to address our world’s most pressing issues. Learning and practicing art and tapping into your creativity can help you improve in any endeavor.

Why is art so important?

Art can convey information, shape our daily lives, make a social statement, and be appreciated for its aesthetic beauty.

What is an art essay?

Artists use their distinct styles of artwork to express their thoughts and feelings.

Why we should appreciate art history?

Art appreciation is extremely important for a variety of reasons. It is a good way to learn about the work’s history and the time it was created. Artists’ work frequently reflects their problems as well as societal issues.

Why do you think studying art history is so important what can it tell us about past cultures?

Art from the past can provide insight into life in the past. We can learn about the culture that created a work of art by studying its symbolism, colors, and materials.

How does art reflect history?

It reflects our ever-changing culture and has the power to influence societal values. Furthermore, art adds meaning to people’s lives and aids in the preservation of the world’s culture and societies. It is a manifestation of society and a reflection of people’s complex identities.

What does art means to me?

Art expresses our thoughts, emotions, intuitions, and desires. However, it is also about sharing how we experience the world, which is an extension of their personality for many. The communication of intimate concepts cannot be accurately depicted through words alone.

What is the importance of an art essay?

Art has helped to make the world a better place to live. In a nutshell, art expresses one’s ability to be creative through painting, drawing, sculpture, and even artifacts. All of this is done by humans. This demonstrates how much power a human has in his hands.

What are the seven elements of art?

  1. Color
  2. Form
  3. Line
  4. Shape
  5. Space
  6. Texture
  7. Value

How do you analyze an art essay?

·         Target your description.

·         Address only those elements relevant to your essay.

·         Pay attention to visual elements and principles.

·         Introduce the subject of the painting and describe it.

·         Explain why you have decided to discuss specific elements.

How important is art in our world today?

Whatever the case, the arts significantly impact how people perceive and interact with others and the world in general. Art can help us emotionally, financially, and psychologically, and even help shape our individual and collective personalities. There are numerous reasons why art is important in the world today and in the future.

Why is art so important in society?

Art can assist you in processing your emotions and understanding your surroundings. It allows you to see life through new eyes and makes you feel alive. Since the dawn of time, art has been an integral part of human society. Art has long facilitated cultural exchange, education, and expression.

What can art teach you?

  1. Creativity
  2. Focus
  3. Receiving
  4. Problem-solving
  5. Perseverance
  6. Collaboration
  7. Confidence
  8. Non-verbal communication

How does art change the world?

Art impacts society by changing people’s attitudes, instilling values, and translating experiences across space and time. According to studies, art impacts one’s fundamental sense of self. Painting, sculpture, music, literature, and other art forms are frequently regarded as a society’s collective memory repository.

What can art tell us about life?

Art can teach us how to live our lives with the ability to see the beauty in everything in nature. Art is a form of self-expression. Art can teach us how to express ourselves in ways that words alone cannot. ART is a person’s world in which anything can happen or appear at their discretion.

What is art in simple words?

Art is a creative activity in which imaginative or technical skill is expressed. It generates a product, an object. Art is a diverse range of human activities that include the creation of visual and performing artifacts and expressing the author’s imaginative mind. A work of art is a piece created for others to enjoy.

What is art history appreciation?

This survey course is designed to broaden students’ understanding of art history and appreciation for the visual arts. The emphasis is on viewing, learning, and comprehending visual art via the Elements and Principles of Design and the various media.

How do I learn art history?

Here are ten sites where you can learn art history

  1. Smarthistory
  2. Ubuweb
  3. The metropolitan museum of art
  4. Art history news
  5. Wikiart
  6. Web gallery of art
  7. The museum with no frontiers
  8. ThouhtCo Art History Guide
  9. The Arts of India
  10. National Art Museum of China

How has the study of art history changed?

However, both art and art history have evolved dramatically over the last century and a half. Artists abandoned the classical tradition in favor of new media and aesthetic ideals. At the same time, art historians shifted their focus from formal beauty analysis to cultural meaning interpretation.

What is art history, and where is it going?

Artists abandoned the classical tradition in favor of new media and aesthetic ideals. At the same time, art historians shifted their focus from formal beauty analysis to cultural meaning interpretation. Today, we regard beauty as a cultural construct that varies over time and space.

What is an art history major?

Art history majors research and analyzes famous works of art. Art history programs teach research, critical thinking, and communication skills. Graduates can work as curators, archivists, and professors, among other positions.

How do you express art?

  • Visit a museum or gallery
  • Take photographs
  • Enroll in an art class
  • Connect with Your Inner Child.

Why do you love arts?

Art elicits an emotional response.

When I look at art, I feel many emotions: longing, lust, empathy, anger, disgust, desire, and connection. Even art-induced ennui, which is uncommon, is a distinct sensation of not feeling.

How do I start my introduction?

It should start by giving your reader a general overview of the topic. The topic should be narrowed down in the middle of the introduction so that your reader understands its importance and what you intend to accomplish in your paper.

What are good hooks for an essay?

A hook is an opening statement (usually the first sentence) in an essay that attempts to pique the reader’s interest and entice them to continue reading. It is possible to accomplish this by employing a variety of hooks, such as a question, quote, statistic, or anecdote.

How do you write a perfect essay?

  1. Analyze the question.
  2. Define your argument.
  3. Use evidence, reasoning, and scholarship.
  4. Organize a coherent essay.
  5. Write clearly.
  6. Cite sources and evidence.

How many types of art are there?

Seven: painting, architecture, sculpture, literature, music, performing, and cinema.

What makes good art?

Good art constantly investigates new subjects, emotions, feelings, scenes, and methodologies. Suppose something catches your eye or you discover something new in a piece of art. In that case, you should consider whether this uniqueness truly distinguishes and enhances the piece.

What is the color of art?

The objective definition of color is the element of art produced when light strikes an object and is reflected to the eye.

How do you write an art history visual analysis?

To write a visual analysis, you must examine an art object closely (or a photograph of an art object) and translate your visual observations into written text. A visual analysis, on the other hand, does more than just record your observations. It also asserts something about the work of art.

How do you describe art?

When describing colors, use lustrous, shadowy, radiant, glossy, and saturated words. These words express the depth of the color. The average person will perceive your artwork differently if you describe it using words that relate it to the smell and feel of everyday objects.

How has art changed your life?

Looking at art allows us to practice critical thinking, experience renewed self-awareness, and feel a deeper connection to others and their experiences as we share our feelings and attempt to interpret what we see.

How can art help you in the future?


Of course, math and science are important, but the visual arts help children develop their creativity and divergent thinking skills. If children practice thinking creatively, it will become second nature to them now and in the future.

What is the power of art?

Art can motivate people to take action, manipulate and influence them, and entertain and educate them. Many people are afraid to approach art, viewing it as an elite and esoteric subject.

What would life be without art?

Nobody would be able to make movies, music, or paint. Nobody would go to the movies, listen to music, or visit art galleries. Art binds eternity into one soul, so without art among us, evolution would be like the lubricant that causes friction, making no sense at all.

What is art in reality?

It is art when a self sees reality without interfering with or diminishing it. Art can be defined as reality seen correctly by oneself. The reality, including its possibility of being seen correctly, is also reality; thus, reality, including its possibility, is art.

What is the full meaning of art?

Art encompasses a wide range of (and products of) human activities that use creative imagination to express technical proficiency, beauty, emotional power, or conceptual ideas. There is no universally accepted definition of art, and ideas have evolved.

What are the three types of art?

  1. Decorative
  2. Commercial
  3. Fine art

Why is history an art?

When data is interpreted or understood, the ability to conclude or deduce lost pieces of history to establish this historical fact or event is the art of this academic discipline. As a result, some scholars consider history an art, whereas others consider history to be science or both.

How does history affect art?

The interplay of events and the art world demonstrates the interconnectedness of history and art. Human struggles, discoveries, wars, and liberation all significantly impact the form and content of art. Paintings (such as Picasso’s “Guernica”) have responded to human suffering.

What subject is art history?

Art history, also known as art historiography, is the historical study of the visual arts that are concerned with identifying, classifying, describing, evaluating, interpreting, and comprehending the art products and historical development of the fields of painting, sculpture, architecture, decorative arts, drawing, and printmaking.

Is art history easy?

Art history is not a simple “A.” It is more than just remembering names, dates, and titles. You must also be able to analyze, think critically, and write well in an art history class.

When did the history of art begin?

Art from 40,000 to 4,000 B.C.

Art history can be traced back to prehistoric times before written records were kept. The Paleolithic era, or the Old Stone Age, produced the earliest artifacts from rock carvings, engravings, pictorial imagery, sculptures, and stone arrangements.

How do you write an art history essay?

Create a compelling interpretive thesis about the overall effect or meaning of the image. Your argument should be supported by direct and specific references to the work of art itself. Describe the image in detail, including the criteria you used for analysis.

What are three reasons for studying art?

Opportunities for self-discovery and self-expression, the opportunity to broaden horizons, improve mental focus and physical dexterity, reduce stress, and increase personal enjoyment.

Why is art so important?

Art can convey information, shape our daily lives, make a social statement, and be appreciated for its aesthetic beauty.

What is art history in high school?

Art history classes are typically offered as a high school elective. High school art history, as the name suggests, provides students with an overview of art throughout history. Students investigate art and how it has evolved over time and in different parts of the world.

Why should we study art history?

Studying historical art teaches us how people saw themselves and their world and how they wanted to show it to others. Because the act of making art is one of humanity’s most ubiquitous activities, art history provides a means for us to understand our human past and its relationship to our present.

Is art history a popular major?

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, humanities majors account for about 12% of recent graduates, and art history majors are so rare that they get lost in the crowd.

What is the best job for art students?

  1. Air Hostess
  2. Animator
  3. Archaeology
  4. Chef
  5. Public Relationship Manager
  6. Customer Relationship Management Executive
  7. Criminology
  8. Event Manager
  9. Fashion Designer
  10. Blogger
  11. Furniture and Interior Designer
  12. Film Maker
  13. Footwear Designer
  14. Foreign Language
  15. Game Designer
  16. Geography
  17. Government Lecturer
  18. Trained Graduate Teacher
  19. Office Assistant
  20. Graphic Designer
  21. History
  22. Hotel Management
  23. International Relations Management
  24. Journalism & Mass Communication
  25. Law
  26. Linguistics
  27. Philosophy
  28. Photography
  29. Political Science
  30. Psychology
  31. Government Economist
  32. Government Editor
  33. Project Technical Officer
  34. Sociology
  35. Textile Designer
  36. Translator/Interpreter
  37. Visual Communication Designer
  38. Web Designer
  39. Civil Servant/Government Jobs
  40. Executive Assistant

What does art mean to me?

Art expresses our thoughts, emotions, intuitions, and desires. However, it is also about sharing how we experience the world, which is an extension of their personality for many. The communication of intimate concepts cannot be accurately depicted through words alone.

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