1. Let’s begin analyzing a specific piece. This is a good example of a self portrait done by Frieda Kahlo. Identify a specific object in the painting which you believe has symbolism – what do you think it is telling us about Kahlo? Please respond in this thread using specific vocabulary terms and discuss how you think this work is telling us something about how Kahlo sees herself and what she wants us to know about herself! This will be an intro exercise designed to start using the terms we need to analyze art.


Space:2-d and 3-d

Line:different types and their effect

Shape:geometric, organic, abstract and nonrepresentational

Light/shadow:effects and chiaroscuro


Color:Intensity, saturated, naturalistic, arbitrary

Linear perspective:


Emphasis:focal point, contrast etc

Proportion and Scale:

2. In the Renaissance, we often saw an even use of light – with soft lines outlining figures and a sense of stillness – in the Baroque everything changes – and most obviously, dramatic contrasts of light and dark! Let’s use this thread to look at examples of this and to think about how and why the use of light changes how we see the subject. Here we see DaVinci’s High Renaissance Last Supper compared to the Baroque Tintoretto’s Last Supper – obviously religious subjects continue to dominate – but how specifically does the Baroque style reinterpret this subject?

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