Getting to know a work of art alan braddock

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Some key terms and basic questions for interpreting works of art, along with illustrations of Audubon's artistic process.

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Getting to know a work of art alan braddock

  1. 1. John James Audubon, Golden Eagle , 1833 Watercolor, pastel, graphite, glazing on paper, 38 x 25 ½ in., The New-York Historical Society <ul><li>What is the medium? </li></ul><ul><li>What materials/tools were used to make the work? </li></ul><ul><li>How is the work composed or designed? </li></ul><ul><li>When and where was it made? </li></ul><ul><li>Where has the work been since it was made? Who has owned it? (provenance) </li></ul><ul><li>Where is the work now? </li></ul><ul><li>What is its condition? </li></ul><ul><li>Has it been modified or conserved? </li></ul><ul><li>Who designed and/or made the work? Is it original or a copy? </li></ul><ul><li>Who is considered “the artist”? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the work part of a series or not? </li></ul><ul><li>Where does it fit into the artist’s career and stylistic development? </li></ul>1. The Art Object 2. Cultural Context <ul><li>For what purpose(s) did the artist make the work? </li></ul><ul><li>What was the intended audience? (reception) </li></ul><ul><li>What is the subject matter (iconography)? </li></ul><ul><li>How has the artist interpreted the subject matter? </li></ul><ul><li>What broader traditions and stylistic trends does the work exemplify? </li></ul><ul><li>What does the work reveal about the artist’s biography or state of mind? </li></ul><ul><li>What values or philosophical ideas does the work express or embody? </li></ul><ul><li>How does the work exemplify its historical moment? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it a great or minor work? </li></ul><ul><li>How influential has it been? </li></ul>Getting to Know a Work of Art
  2. 2. John James Audubon, Golden Eagle , 1833 Watercolor, pastel, graphite, and selective glazing on paper, 38 x 25 ½ in., The New-York Historical Society
  3. 3. John James Audubon, Self-Portrait , 1826 Graphite on paper, Private collection
  4. 4. Walton Ford demonstrating Audubon’s method of posing of dead birds, in John James Audubon: Drawn from Nature (directed by Lawrence Hott for Bullfrog Films and American Masters, 2006)
  5. 5. Walton Ford demonstrating Audubon’s method of posing of dead birds, in John James Audubon: Drawn from Nature (directed by Lawrence Hott for Bullfrog Films and American Masters, 2006)
  6. 6. Walton Ford demonstrating Audubon’s method of posing of dead birds, in John James Audubon: Drawn from Nature (directed by Lawrence Hott for Bullfrog Films and American Masters, 2006)
  7. 7. Walton Ford demonstrating Audubon’s method of posing of dead birds, in John James Audubon: Drawn from Nature (directed by Lawrence Hott for Bullfrog Films and American Masters, 2006)
  8. 8. Walton Ford demonstrating Audubon’s method of posing of dead birds, in John James Audubon: Drawn from Nature (directed by Lawrence Hott for Bullfrog Films and American Masters, 2006)
  9. 9. John James Audubon, Chuck-will’s-widow , 1822 Watercolor, graphite, oil paint, and selective glazing on paper, 23 5/8 x 18 ¾ in., The New-York Historical Society
  10. 10. Alan Gehret, Curator of the Audubon Center, Henderson, KY, with copper plate for the American Bittern from The Birds of America , pl. 337 John James Audubon, American Bittern , 1836 Published in The Birds of America , pl. 337
  11. 11. Robert Havell after John James Audubon, Copper Engraving Plate of Common Loon , 1830 Copper, 41 ½ x 28 ½ n., American Museum of Natural History, New York Robert Havell after John James Audubon, Common Loon , 1830 Uncolored engraving on paper, 41 ½ x 28 ½ in., American Museum of Natural History, New York Robert Havell after John James Audubon, Common Loon , 1830 Hand-colored engraving from The Birds of America
  12. 12. John James Audubon, Golden Eagle , 1833 Watercolor, pastel, graphite, and selective glazing on paper, 38 x 25 ½ in., The New-York Historical Society Robert Havell after Audubon, Golden Eagle , 1833-38 Hand-colored engraving from The Birds of America , plate 181
  13. 13. John James Audubon, Golden Eagle , 1833, detail Watercolor, pastel, graphite, and selective glazing on paper, 38 x 25 ½ in., The New-York Historical Society Robert Havell after Audubon, Golden Eagle , 1833, detail Hand-colored engraving, 37 ¼ x 26 ½ in., plate 181 from The Birds of America
  14. 14. John Syme, John James Audubon , 1826 Oil on canvas, 35 x 27 in., White House Collection, Washington, D.C.

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