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Spiral 250 General Review
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Tlatilco Female Figures 1200-900 B.C.E.
made of ceramic
have a variety of shapes and forms
show evidence of defects and deformities
female figures usually had hair and clothes
most figures had flipper like arms, large thighs, pronounced hips, narrow waist, nude except for jewelry
Great Pyramids 2550-2490 B.C.E. made with limestone
Giza, Egypt
monuments for dead pharaohs
each pyramid has a temple
pharaoh is buried within the pyramid
pointing towards cardinal points
within the pyramid there is a pathway that is used to carry the pharaoh's body
Vienna Genesis early 6th century
illuminated manuscript
purple parchment is the sign of royalty
the origin is uncertain
first surviving illustrations of the story from Genesis
a story about Rebecca going to the spring to get water and also the story of Jacob wrestling an angel
Fra Filippo Lippi, Madonna and Child with Two Angels 1465
Mary was looked at as a young mom
Flemish paintings inspired the landscape
Rocks indicate church
the city near Madonna's head is supposed to be Jerusalem
Pearls are symbols of the Incarnation of Christ
the viewer sees the scene as if its on a window
Diego Velazquez, Las Meninas, 1656
oil on canvas
portrait of the artist in his studio painting
not known what the mirror is reflecting
dark and light makes the artwork deep
In the middle is the Infanta Margharita of Spain with her meninas, attendants, a dog, a dwarf, and a midget. Also it is believed Jose Nieto is in the doorway; he is the head of the queen's tapestry.
Jean-Honore Fragonard, The Swing 1767
atmospheric perspective
Patron in lower left looking up the skirt of a young lady who swings kicking off her shoe towards Cupid
someone is swinging her from behind
aristocrats art
patron is hiding
"cotton candy" art
Thomas Cole, The Oxbow, 1836
landscape is divided into two parts, Romantic on the left and Classical on the right
On the left, the forest is thick with nature while on the right, it is believed it isn't as dense due to people
it was painted as a reply of a British book that said that Americans had destroyed nature with industry
Paul Gauguin, Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? 1897-1898
artist suffered a lot and he was obsessed by thoughts of death
wanted to commit suicide and have the painting be his last will
life story if read from right to left
right- birth, infant
middle- midlife
left- death
many non-traditional influences like Egyptian, Japanese, and Tahitian
Robert Smithson, Spiral Jetty, 1970
mud, salt crystals, rocks, water coil
in area that has abandoned mines and mining equipment
the view changes when you start walking around the jetty
tractor was used to create the jetty
Jetty's are usually on water but this one was made with rocks
the red color of the water is because of bacteria that live in salt
Ai Weiwei, Kui Hua Zi (Sunflower Seeds) 2010-2011
millions of handcrafted pieces resembling sunflower seeds
600 people worked to create all the handmade seeds
seeds were what people usually ate during the famine under Mao Tze-tung
Mao believed he was the sun and his followers were the seeds
People could walk on it before but it raised a lot of dust so now you can only see it from the side
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