<ul><li>Essential concepts in visual literacy include: </li></ul><ul><li>- the relationships among words, images, and objects in the real world </li></ul><ul><li>the idea of representation </li></ul><ul><li>the distinctions among form and content in art, conventions in art, and iconography </li></ul>
René Magritte. The Treason of Images . 1929. 21 1/2 x 28 1/2 in.
Rene Magritte, Time Transfixed , 1938 Oil on canvas 57 7/8 x 38 7/8 in. (147 x 98.7 cm)
Shirin Neshat, Rebellious Silence , from the series Women of Allah. 1994. 11 x 14 in.
Shirin Neshat Interview http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rpawp4Rg3rs&feature=related Women without Men trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CGxQlcrlYw&feature=related
Lorna Simpson. Necklines . 1989. 68 1/2 x 70 in.
Lorna Simpson. The Park . 1995. 67 x 67 1/2 in. overall.
Oliver Laric http://oliverlaric.com/missilevariations.htm http://oliverlaric.com/vvversions.htm
Page from a copy of Nezami’s Khamseh (the “Quintet ”). Safavid culture. 1574–75.
Ai Weiwei, Sunflower Seeds , Tate Modern, London
<ul><li>Representational- art that portrays natural objects in recognizable form (Realism is the more true it is to what the eye sees, abstraction is less true to what the eye sees.) </li></ul><ul><li>Abstract- art that is based on the natural world, yet less true to the eye. </li></ul>
Albert Bierstadt. The Rocky Mountains, Lander’s Peak . oil 1863. 73 1/2 x 120 3/4 in.
Iconography- visual imagery and symbolism in a work of art; particularly related to religious or legendary symbols Symbols represent something more than their literal meaning.