You will write a visual analysis on a portrait of your choice from the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Your visual analysis is more than a detailed description of the work; it is an explanation of how formal elements and style facilitate the meaning and interpretation of the piece.
Consider style, medium, effect, intent, etc. Explain how this portrait conveys meaning and how it reflects its period style. Consider social, cultural, religious, or other factors that shaped the work. What specific formal qualities facilitate your understanding? Is this a portrait of the artist (self-portrait) or someone else? How do you interpret this presentation of “self” or “other”? What are we supposed to know about the person in the portrait? Think about the implications of the relationship between artist and subject.
Paper length: this is approximately 3 pages of 12 pt. font, double-spaced.
2. http://www.vislit.org/the-art-of-seeing-art/%20 The Art of Seeing Art
3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_pWZBOR4ec The Skill of Describing
4. http://grammar.yourdictionary.com/word-lists/list-of-descriptive-words-to-critique-art.html%20 Descriptive words to talk about art
5. http://www.words-to-use.com/words/art/%20 A more inclusive list of descriptive words
6. http://www.projectarticulate.org/principles.php Elements and Principles of Art (quick reference)
Elements (“formal qualities”) of art (when you click on a link, scroll down a little and wait a few seconds for the short video to appear):
· space (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
· line (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
· form (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
· texture (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
· color (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
· value (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.