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Evaluating Art Approaches

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  • 1. Evaluating Works of Art Historical vs. Critical Approaches
  • 2. A r t H i s t o r y
    • Seeking answers to these types of questions:
    • When was it done?
    • Where was it done?
    • What style of art does it represent?
    • What artists or works of art influenced the artist?
    • What impact did the artist or the work have upon artists and works that followed?
    • ART HISTORY relies on External Cues
  • 3. Description
    • Determine when, where, and by whom the work was done.
  • 4. Analysis
    • Identify unique features to determine artistic style.
  • 5. Interpretation
    • Learn how time and place influenced the artist.
  • 6. Judgment
    • Use information to make a decision about a work’s importance in the history of art.
  • 7. Guernica , Picasso, 1937 Determine when, where, and by whom the work was done. Identify unique features to determine artistic style. Learn how time and place influenced the artist.
  • 8. Use information to make a decision about a work’s importance in the history of art .
  • 9. A r t C r i t i c i s m
    • Seeking answers to these types of questions:
    • What is in the artwork?
    • How is the artwork designed or put together?
    • What does it mean?
    • Is it a successful work of art?
    • ART CRITICISM relies on Internal Cues
  • 10. Description
    • Focus: Subject matter and/or Elements of Art
  • 11. Analysis
    • Focus: Organization – how Principles of Design have been used to arrange the elements of art
  • 12. Interpretation
    • Focus: Moods, feelings and ideas communicated by the work
  • 13. Judgment
    • Focus: Decision-making about the work’s artistic merit
  • 14. L'Absinthe , Degas, 1876 Focus: Subject matter and/or Elements of Art Focus: Organization – how Principles of Design have been used to arrange the elements of art Focus: Moods, feelings and ideas communicated by the work
  • 15. Focus: Decision-making about the work’s artistic merit