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Compare and Contrast Bernini and Michelangelo David Sculptures Paper

300 word minimum essay in MLA format, describe and analyze two works from the two periods (Baroque and Renaisaance) by comparing and contrasting the works using your Principles of Art sheet, and also including the Context, cultural influences affecting each work.

Topic ( A) : COMPARE AND CONTRAST TWO SCULPTURES

Compare and contrast Bernini’s David

with Michelangelo’s David

Do the works share some commonalities (such as the same subject matter). What else may be similar? How are they alike (compare), and how do they differ (contrast)? What are some key points? What aspect of each artwork does the artist emphasize in his work? What effect on the viewer, if any? How does each work represent the style and flavor of their representative cultural period (context). Consider everything when you analyze each work, but concentrate on the most pertinent points.

These principles of art should help:

OUTLINE:PRINCIPLES OF VISUAL ART

I.SUBJECT (not essential – may be abstracted or non-representational)

What is the work of art about?Common sources of art subjects:

Nature (including humans)

History

Greek and Roman mythology

The (Jewish) and Christian Tradition / Oriental sacred texts

Fantasy, Dreams, Subconscious

Other works of art

II.FUNCTION (not essential)

What is it for?

Directly practical and useful art/ the “applied” arts/ crafts?

III. MEDIUM

What is it made of?

For example, in painting the medium my be oil, watercolor, fresco . . .

In sculpture, the medium may be marble or wood

IV. ELEMENTS AND ORGANIZATION – How is it put together?

Elements:

Line – vertical (potential action, authority), horizontal (rest, contemplation), diagonal (action, movement), curving (life, energy, a gentle action)

Light and shadow (chiaroscuro?)

Color

Texture- how it feels to the touch(in painting it is an illusion)

Volume / Space

Including perspective – physical in architecture- in painting is an illusion

Organization:

Basic Plans (the “form” / “overall design”/ arrangement of parts

Triangular, circular, rectangular

Balance- symmetrical (mirror-image) or asymmetrical

Proportion – parts to the whole

Unity and Variety

V.REALISM / IDEALISM / or ABSTRACTION (at what level?)

VI. STYLE

What is its mood, temper, personality? Artists, movements, schools, historical periods, cultures produce identifiable styles that have a “look”

“Classic” vs. “Romantic” (non-classical)

VII. SYMBOLS – personal or archetypal

VIII. JUDGEMENT

Is individual and personal. Consider: What has the artist tried to do? Does the work express the character of the age? Levels of meaning? Petty or Sublime (spiritually moving