The “Artistic Impulse” was something that specifically stood out to me in the reading. Going into Elementary Education, I’ve been around many small children and seen the artistic impulse on display. Children make art out of almost anything (depending on what you consider art). Like it said in the text, young kids create images/pictures and build before even learning to read or write. This goes to show those people who say that they “are terrible at art” or have no artistic abilities, that we actually have a natural impulse to build and create artwork before we are even aware of exactly what we are doing. Art is in our blood.
The intrinsic value of art is most interesting to me because it gives hope to all pieces of artwork. Even though a viewer may not give value to a work of art and it may be ignored or just seen as mediocre at first, it could possibly be celebrated as high in value many years later, like Van Gogh’s Mona Lisa. The interpretation almost always comes down to the aesthetic preferences of the viewer which is a part of intrinsic value. What may be seen as valuable to one may not be seen as valuable to another with a different pair of eyes and in a different time or place.
The methodologies of approaching art and art history were interesting to learn about but also added a level of complexity to the interpretations of artwork. Each method is like a different lens on a camera and each lens is vastly different. Feminism makes assumptions about the discrimination of women in the “male-dominated art world” while iconography focuses more on the content of the art and the underlying text of the image. I can see the arguments from the more controversial methodologies like Feminism and Marxism, but it was easier for me to understand and relate to the simpler approaches like Formalism and Biography/Autobiography.
Made in 1487, the religious meanings in this painting keep it true to its time period when a lot of paintings focused on religious values. I liked this painting because it shows balance, textures, shapes, light/color, and a good composition. The vibrant blue of the fabric around Mary’s body brings the initial attention to that point. Also, she is seated higher than the other people, so the viewer’s eye first lands on her and the through the movement principle, the focus moves to the baby (Jesus) and then to the left and right on the other people occupying the space. Bellini uses a darkness behind Mary to emphasize and bring out her presence and character. The textures of the fabrics in the painting display another successful formal element. The shape and space elements can be seen in the architecture of the building surrounding them. There are repeating shapes on the ceiling which creates a sense of unity and precision. Lines with curves and angles along with shading techniques give the structure depth and dimension which adds to the realistic perception of the painting.