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WHAT IS ART

What is art. For most people the answer is subjective. It holds true in the pop culture and and is reflected in what people buy but in the long run it seems that the rules for good art in the end wins out over time. I do not claim to be an authority on art as I do not have the degrees that give me a right to teach the subject matter in schools let alone in some of the finest schools in the country. But there is such a thing as art theory and that there is structure and for those in the know art is not a free for all.

As in all the arts including music time is the test and good art conforms to some rational theory either established or developed. Time usually finds good art, whether music, fine art, or poetry, being studied or discussed many years later in our finest universities and analyzed and dissected to the Nth degree. In my opinion bad art or general art, even popular art, no matter how well received it is today, will eventually fall by the wayside. Superb execution is not a test of great art. That is not even a major criteria or Frank Lloyd Wright might have never been considered a great architect. Here are some highlights and high points which I thought interesting in the history of fine art.

 

PERSPECTIVE

Theories were developed to comprehend the rationale for art and these theories were refined as time went on often to keep pace with the advances of science and technology. We had the Renaissance and the advent of perspective which brought three dimensional ism into the picture. Along with the idea that there was a foreground and background and with the idea that there was depth represented with a lightening of the background so to did the human figures appear more realistic than the previous figures which were wooden, stiff and in improper size not in accordance to their placement in the scene.

NEW PIGMENTS

The Renaissance also brought the discovery of new pigments into the picture and a control, and versatility to the paintings which allowed the masters to rework paintings as never before. This was due to Jan Van Eyck's and Antonello da Messina's discovery of linseed and nut oil to mix with the pigments. So in that way tempera which used egg yolk gave way to oils. The result was the translucency of many of the fine masterpieces of painters such as Raphael and Rubens.

Later in the 18th century advances in chemistry led to the formulation of pigments that had to be otherwise gathered from nature and new pigments were also developed providing a richer pallet for the artist. Some previously unknown pigments we take for granted today are Zinc White, Cobalt Yellow, Cadmium Red and Ultramarine Blue among others.

RENAISSANCE

This period of art from 1500 to 1525 produced some of the greatest masters the world has ever known including Michelangelo and da Vinci. The era was noted for balance and harmony in the construction of the paintings and the exemplary use of lighting and shading. There was also the highest level of craftsmanship ever in the execution of the works.The early renaissance began in the early 1400 and was most prominent in Flanders and Italy. It was a humanist movement that with perspective began to represent the human form in true manner and portrayed the world realistically.It was primarily motivated by Rome and Greek art and classical artistic principles and borrowed classical myths as some of the subject matter.

Rick Herron

http://www.huntfor.com/arthistory/

http://www.discoverfrance.net/France/Art/realism.shtml

http://www.danielsmith.com/learn/inksmith/200207/

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