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Baroque Art an Examination Essay

… However, the composition and subject matter are completely different in Regnier's painting vs. that of Sellaio. In Regnier's painting, the horizontal line is more important than the vertical, whereas the reverse is true in Sellaio's. In Sellaio's, the canvas is longer than it is wide; and it is the other way around for Regnier. Regnier depicts his figures along the horizontal plane, with St. Sebastian's reclining body the central motif. Moreover, Regnier includes nothing in the background of the painting. The black background is stark, forcing the viewer's eye to rest on the triangulation created by the holy women and the saint. Sellaio, on the other hand, incorporates a naturalistic background behind the subjects, similar to what DaVinci would later do in "La Gioconda." Whereas…. [read more]

Art Impressionism in Art Developed Essay

… Beside her, to the right of the painting sits a man staring to the right. Ellen Andree, an actress is the woman in the painting, while the man is Marcellin Desboutin, an artist as well as bohemian character. In the later half of 19th century, absinthe became popular in France and was held responsible for alcoholism, social instability and degradation. L'Absinthe has often by viewed by English critics as a lesson against absinthe. The painting also gives a glimpse of the social segregation in Paris during its years of rapid development.

A Bar at the Folies Bergere by Edouard Manet is a scene from the Folies Bergere club in Paris. The painting is filled with features specific the restaurant. Focused at the centre of the…. [read more]

Feminist Baroque and Rococo Term Paper

… Feminist Perspective in Baroque and Rococo Art and Architecture

As we explore the notion of feminism in the early 17th century baroque and late 17th century rococo art and architecture, there very quickly and noticeably the absence of a feminist perspective. In the early part of the century, during the period most commonly associated with the masters of baroque, there is no indication of a female strength that asserts itself in the works of the masters; and for good reason: the period of baroque art and architecture arises out of the period of "Enlightenment."

The "Enlightenment," is that period of time during which science was separating itself from philosophy and religion as an exact and distinct science based on fact, as opposed to religion and…. [read more]

Renaissance and Baroque Periods Essay

… This broad interest in a wide variety of subject areas and the overlap between those various areas both characterized him as a Renaissance man. Along with Michelangelo Buonarroti and Raphael Sanzio, da Vinci is considered one of the great Renaissance masters.

Da Vinci's famous painting The Last Supper is an excellent example of Renaissance art. It has a religious theme, which was still very common in Renaissance artwork, depicting the last supper of Jesus and his disciples. The figures are portrayed realistically, with the painting incorporating perspective and dimension. Furthermore, the painting features a remarkable use of light and shadow, which was a trademark of da Vinci's work (A&E, 2013).

The Baroque period followed the Renaissance and built upon the artistic developments made in the…. [read more]

Renaissance and Baroque Term Paper

… Renaissance / Baroque

Comparative Analysis of Renaissance and Baroque

What is the Baroque? We use this term to refer to an artistic movement that got started, roughly, at some point in the early seventeenth century and continued for decades, but it is important to recall that successive artistic movements are in many ways indebted to their predecessors: the idea that new artistic trends represent in some way a serious break with the past is, in itself, a modern twentieth-century idea and inappropriate for an analysis of Renaissance art (with its respectful search for models and precursors). We can perhaps see the elements of Baroque style more clearly by viewing them in contrast, then, to the style of the high Renaissance. For purposes of comparison I…. [read more]

Two Works of Art From a Museum Thesis

… Art

Botticelli's Madonna and Child with an Angel

Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi, who is far better known as Sandro Botticelli, painted a large number of renditions of the Madonna and Child, many of them with angels appearing in the scene as well. It is not known exactly when the particular piece hanging in the Bob Jones University Museum as part of the Italian Renaissance collection was painted, but it is believed that it was painted sometime around 1490 during the political and religious upheaval caused by Dominican proselytizer Savonarola. The work was done in tempera paint on a small wooden panel, a typical form of the period, in the classic Early Renaissance style. More specifically, Botticelli was a member of the Florentine school and part…. [read more]

What Is New in "Art Term Paper

… Modern Art

Old Wine in New Bottles?

One of the most important precepts of contemporary art is that great art cannot be great unless it is fundamentally innovative. Or at least that is the official word. In fact, a certain amount of incorporation of older ideas is accepted and even expected, perhaps most easily filed under the idea that even the most highly innovative artists are supposed to understand and appreciate what has gone before them.

However, the degree to which any truly great artist (according to contemporary standards) can borrow from or be influenced by other artists is fundamentally limited. This is difficult for those of us who have grown up with art that valorizes what is new. But for many art audiences, art…. [read more]

Rococo Genre and Neoclassical Painting Social Change and Artistic Style Thesis




According to Liselotte Andersen, writing in Baroque and Rococo Art, many art historians retain the view that the artistic creations of the eighteenth century in Europe "are merely an extension of the Baroque, a mellowing and refinement of it and not sharply distinguishable from it either chronologically or stylistically" (1969, p. 45); however, after a close examination of the artistic periods which followed the Baroque, being Rococo and Neoclassicism, there are distinct differences, especially related to how European artists portrayed everyday life in their paintings which generally exhibited what it known as genre painting. Thus, during the eighteenth century, European painters boldly attempted to distance themselves from the Baroque style and made a concerted…. [read more]

19th Century Art During Term Paper

… 19th Century Art

During the 19th century, a great number of revolutionary changes altered forever the face of art and those that produced it. Compared to earlier artistic periods, the art produced in the 19th century was a mixture of restlessness, obsession with progress and novelty, and a ceaseless questioning, testing and challenging of all authority. Old certainties about art gave way to new ones and all traditional values, systems and institutions were subjected to relentless critical analysis. At the same time, discovery and invention proceeded at an astonishing rate and made the once-impossible both possible and actual. But most importantly, old ideas rapidly became obsolete which created an entirely new artistic world highlighted by such extraordinary talents as Vincent Van Gogh, Jacques Louis David,…. [read more]

Baroque Oratorio With an Emphasis on G. F. Handel Research Paper

… Baroque Era and the Oratorio: Handel, Haydn and Mendelssohn

The transition from the Renaissance period to what is commonly known as the Baroque period is marked by a retrenchment of values in Europe following a time of great artistic and ideological reformation. For the Catholic Church and for the crowns of such feudal states as England, Italy, France, Germany, Austria and Hungary, the imperative to return the publics to the fold would call for a more culturally intuitive way of engagement. This marks the very self-conscious birth of the Baroque movement, which was a strategic decision on the part of the European academic community to bring about more accessible thematic values in the music produced during the time. As the research conducted hereafter will demonstrate,…. [read more]

Salvador Dali Was Born on May 11 Term Paper

… Salvador Dali was born on May 11, 1904 in the small Catalan town of Figueras, Northern Spain (Great Masters 1999). His father was a well-known notary but respected his artistic talent, which surfaced at an early age. Dali received his first drawing lessons at 10 years old from art teachers, Spanish impressionist painter, Ramon Pichot, and an art professor at the Municipal Drawing School (Artelino 2007). He studied art at the Royal Academy of Art in Madrid where he was expelled two times and refused to take the final examinations because he believed he was more qualified than those who wanted to test him (Artelino). Having been permanently expelled, he never received formal art training. His supportive father allowed him to stay with the Pichot…. [read more]

Caravaggio and Bosch Term Paper

… ¶ … lived and created in different periods and although their styles and creations are as different as any can request, Hieronymus Bosch and Caravaggio have one thing in common: the revolutionary creations and approach to painting they have brought to life through their work.

Born in a family of artists and studying painting since an early age, Caravaggio would become renowned for the innovations he has brought in the art of painting, innovations which would become a clear border between the "before" and "after" period, not only in Italy, but in the entire continent. The artists following Caravaggio's style would become known as the "tenebrosi" because of the combination of lightness and darkness they began to used, under the influence of Caravaggio's paintings, in…. [read more]

Classical Symphony Music Essay

… Most musical scholars believe that the Italian Overture, popular because of the new rage for opera, used a structure of three contrasting movements -- fast, slow, fast, and was the forerunner of the symphony. Instead of being part of an opera or other piece, the classical symphony was meant to stand alone as a concert performance, with themes and variations that were not necessarily tied to a specific story. The first symphonies were sometimes used as an entr'acte and followed the three movement style. Haydn and Mozart, in fact, composed their earlier symphonies in this style, but allowed them to evolve to a four movement work: 1) opening sonata or allegro; 2) slow movement or adagio; 3) minuet or trio, the scherzo; and 4) an…. [read more]

Painting of Surgeons Essay

… Rembrandt and Eakins

Both the Dutch painter Rembrandt and the American painter Eakins employ "an illusionistic effect" in their paintings, through the combination of chiaroscuro and impasto (Bauer 29). This paper will discuss two paintings by the respective painters: Rembrandt's The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp (1632) and Eakins' The Gross Clinic (1875) and compare and contrast them.

While nearly a quarter of a millennium passes between the two oil paintings, their subject and approach are remarkably similar. Rembrandt, emerging from the Baroque period of art, where the dramatic fuses with the realistic, provides a glimpse into the world of autopsy in the 17th century. His use of illumination gives the painting an arresting quality, as the main light is focused on the cadaver,…. [read more]

Jacob Van Ruisdael Thesis

… Jacob Van Ruisdael

Dutch Landscape Painter

Jacob van Ruisdael (1628/29-83) is stated to be the "pre-eminent Dutch landscape painter of the seventeenth century" (Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts, 2006) and is well-known for the number of subjects he depicted in his painting which is as of yet unmatched. Jacob van Ruisdael is noted for the "wealth of clearly observed naturalistic detail in his works." (Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts, 2006)

Ruisdael's Talents Explored

It is reported that the reason that Ruisdael is one of the greatest masters of the Golden Age of Dutch painting is the "grandeur of Ruisdael's compositions coupled with his skill in portraying natural phenomena and carefully observed detail..." (Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts, 2006) Ruisdael was a contemporary…. [read more]

Caravaggio's Calling of St Term Paper

… Instead, Caravaggio depicts the world of the tax-collectors in the custom house as an accurate representation of prosperity at the turn of the seventeenth century. Matthew himself wears a doublet of burgundy-colored crushed velvet, with piping in gold, and wears a large chapeau with a gold ornament upon it -- his beard suggests a Venetian grandee more than a first century Hebrew. An elderly accountant (or so he seems) peers through anachronistic spectacles; two of the attendant pageboys (more appropriate for Renaissance aristocrats than Judaean revenue collectors) wear outrageous ostrich plumes on their caps, and the one in the foreground wears what is recognizably a contemporary rapier. Christ himself, depicted in deep chiaroscuro on the far right of the canvas, seems to be wearing more…. [read more]

Gothic Architecture the Ancient Cities Term Paper

… The images in this church, unlike those in the Sta Maria Maggiore, are three-dimensional in general, the architects and designers of this church having emphasized the sculptural over the painted. In this way the images in the church seemed less like icons and more like the living embodiment of holiness itself - just as the church itself was. While the painted (Gothic) image might be seen as false in many ways, both sculpture and architecture were seen as capable of transporting the observer to a more intimate and truer appreciation of God's presence.


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Cameron, Averil. "The Virgin's Robe: An Episode in the History of Seventh-Century Constantinople." Byzantion 49 (1979), 42-56.

Croddy, S.…. [read more]

History Education Term Paper

… Theories


Methods and Techniques

A Specific Method


Results for the Same

Examples of Voices Singing a Canon

The Project Life Cycle

Project Management Puzzle Parts

Map of More and Less Developed Countries

Criteria for LDCs

Selected Economic and Social Indicators for LDCs (2005)


"Great music is in a sense serene; it is certain of the values it asserts."

-Rebecca West (Simpson)

Contrary to the consensus some students purport, a thesis does not constitute a torture tactic designed by professors to traumatize students. In fact, according to Teitelbaum (1), "The thesis paper, when carefully assigned and conscientiously done, has definite value." Professors usually assign the thesis paper as a major component of a course requirement. The researched…. [read more]

Ho Women Are Portrayed in Late 19th Century Art Term Paper

… ¶ … Women are Portrayed in Late 19th Century Art

Throughout history, women have served as the subjects of compelling and poignant works of art, reflecting in large part how society viewed them and what roles they were expected to play. These gender differences were especially pronounced during the 19th century when women were women and men were men, and these differences can be readily discerned in the portraiture that emerged during this period. This paper provides an analysis of how women were portrayed in late 19th century art in general and in the paintings of women by John Singer Sargent and James Abbott McNeal Whistler in particular. An examination of how women are portrayed in paintings in general before the 19th century is provided,…. [read more]

Continued Legacy of the Renaissance and Baroque Thought in the New World Research Paper

… NYSE Revised

There is one place that epitomizes the spirit of American Capitalism and it is in New York City. That is the original New York Stock Exchange Building located at 18 Broad Street on the corner of Wall Street and Exchange. The building is now a museum, a monument to neo-classical architecture, a tribute to 19th century American wealth and prosperity (NYSE Euronet, 2011). The architect was George B. Post who drafted the plans over intense examination of the required specifications. George B. Post, a prominent 19th century American architect won the competition for the commission to build the new York Stock Exchange building. He was one of the three pioneers in the industry whose specialty was building skyscrapers. Post' use of the classical…. [read more]

Crashaw Passivity as Active and the Publicly Term Paper

… Crashaw

Passivity as Active and the Publicly Private in the poetry of Richard Crashaw: Two Tellings of Teresa's Tale

Richard Crashaw's place in the canon of English poetry has been problematic either since his poetry was first published, in one view, or only since the early twentieth century when his work was reexamined with renewed interest and respect (Perry, 1; Low, 242; Gallagher, 278). Upon reading even the most respected of his verses it is fairly easy to ascertain the fundamental reason for this problem; though his verses are full of compelling imagery and present a strong message and motive, they are not (at least at first glance) intellectually deep or complex and instead appear to be rather superficial if strongly-felt descriptions of the Divine,…. [read more]

Richter and Gardiner in Bach Research Paper

… Richter's powerful and lively interpretation is just that- powerfully spiritual and religious -- it is an emotional performance that most definitely shouts from the roof tops. Gardiner's is more intimate, more personal, and perhaps more uniquely spiritual in terms of being more evocative of prayer. Richter shows the Baroque in its entire splendor by allowing the musician's modern interpretations of volume and timbre; while Gardiner asks the performers to harken back 300 years to a time when instrumental expectations were quite different.


Cantata BWV4. (2008). Bach Cantatas Website. Retrieved from: http://www.bach-

Buelow, G., ed. (2004). A History of Baroque Music. Bloomington, IN: University of Indiana


Friedell, E.A. (2009). A Cultural History of the Modern Age: Baroque, Rococo and Enlightenment. New York: Transaction…. [read more]

Rise of Humanism and Its Impact on Music Research Paper

… Rise of Humanism and Its Impact on Music

Throughout the history of music there are those ideas that have the ability to unite the classic forms of composition with modern day thinking. As these two elements have often been utilized to create a new genre that changes the way everyone thinks and feels about the sounds they are hearing. One such example of this occurred between the 1300's and the 1600's, as humanism was incorporated into various forms of contemporary music. Simply put, humanism is a philosophy in which: human values, interests and dignity are taken into account as a part of the larger moral thinking. As these ideas are openly questioning the moral authority of the church and their role in society.

The incorporation…. [read more]

Shakespeare and Insanity an Analysis Term Paper

… If Shakespeare represented the demolition of the old world and the old world Christ (of whom Cordelia may be said to be a symbol -- the dutiful, truthful, obedient, self-sacrificing child), Johnson may be said to represent that genteel and intellectualized age that followed the Anglicization of England: a period of Enlightenment -- but a period removed from the medieval religious spirit. All of this is represented in King Lear.

Insanity in Lear, however, is both real and feigned. Lear goes mad, when his daughters (whose love has been feigned) reject him and he leaves their dwellings rather than suffer their insults. Madness is feigned, on the other hand, by Edgar, son of Gloucester. Edgar realizes that his illegitimate brother Edmund has devised a plot…. [read more]

Giotto Di Bondone Essay

… Giotto's Method Of Teaching Religious Stories Through Art

Giotto di Bondone resurrected the narrative art form through a new and modern style of naturalism combined with a traditional and medieval style of didacticism. He produced works that could impress upon a congregation a sense of devotion, history, structure, morality, and ingenuity. Thus, it is no surprise that critics like Giorgio Vasari and Matteo Palmieri viewed Giotto as the artist who brought painting back to life following the stale and cliched iconographic works of the medieval world (Johnson 256). This paper will examine the function of Giotto's art, how it was used to teach people the religious stories that comprised their Faith and how it helped shape the course of artistic expression for Renaissance artists.

The…. [read more]

Popular Music Essay

… Popular Music

One of the things that makes us uniquely human is our ability to communicate. We communicate in a number of ways: language, art, non-verbal cues, and music. Over millennia, music as an art form is a combination of sound, rhythm and silence. The creation, performance, quality and significance vary between culture and social context. It can be recreational, structured, improvisational and then divided again into more genres. Music may be performed in many different ways -- by the individual in any number of settings, groups from two to thousands. However, music's most salient definition as a form of communication is its ability to be cross-cultural, multi-dimensional, and universal. "The border between music and noise is always culturally defined -- which implies that, even…. [read more]

Characterization in Hamlet Essay

… Characterization in Hamlet

If Shakespeare's ability at characterization is one of the hallmarks which have made him an enduring power in English literature, and Hamlet is among his most well-loved artistic works, centered by one of his most complex characters, then this essay delves into a deep and often murky water. Hamlet was written around 1600 AD, in the time when Queen Elizabeth's death seemed imminent and the question of succession was in doubt; the chief claimant to England's throne was James of Scotland, a member of a political faction in opposition to the ailing Queen's. Many of Shakespeare's works of that period seem to address the theme of political succession, notably Julius Caesar to which parallels with Hamlet can be drawn. It is evident,…. [read more]

Project Management History Essay

… Project Management

History of Project Management Prior to Classical Antiquity

The current definition of project management is the very deliberate orchestration of people, resources, money and time to complete a specific project. The first step is the development of a project plan, which includes a task breakdown, a list of resources needed, a budget and a timeline. The planning phase is then followed by the implementation phase, the actual organization and use of resources to accomplish the specified goal.

Project management has evolved over the ages; as culture, knowledge, and construction skills, tool and techniques evolved so did the purpose and construction of buildings. This essay looks at the societal, the managerial, and the scientific changes, which took place prior to classical antiquity. The impact…. [read more]

Architecture H-Conclusion History of the Renaissance Metaphorically Essay

… Architecture


History of the Renaissance

Metaphorically speaking, the term Renaissance has been associated with rebirth and images of freedom, light, openness and creativity. These connotations stem from the historical origins of the Renaissance which took place approximately from the mid 15th to early 17th centuries and was a foundational period in European history. This period saw the emergence of a different intellectual as well as artistic view of life and reality. The creative sources of the classical era were revivified and there was a resurgence of a more interrogative and questioning attitude towards life and reality.

It should be pointed out that the Renaissance should not be understood in an historical sense as a sudden, radical break or a change for the Dark Ages…. [read more]

Beethoven Moonlight Sonata and Vivaldi Spring From the Four Seasons Thesis

… Beethoven, Moonlight Sonata and Vivaldi, Spring From the Four Seasons

The Moonlight of a Young Dancer's Life: A Short Story Inspired by Vivaldi's "Spring" and Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata"


Ludwig Van Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" and Antonio Vivaldi's "Spring" movement from "The Four Seasons"

Ludwig Van Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" is one of the most famous, and familiar pieces of music ever created. However, beyond the cliches that have been attached to this work of genius lies a great story. Beethoven is rumored to have written the sonata as a result of an unrequited love affair with a female pupil. As he did so often, Beethoven poured his passionate and stormy feelings about the world into his art, even when he could not express them in his…. [read more]

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