Category Archives: Part 3

Exercise: Create a version of a Dutch still life or interior

The idea of this exercise is relatively straight forward and the title is self-explanatory but first it is suggested to do some research into the iconography of As the course material states still life paintings were often known as ‘vanitas’ … Continue reading

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Exercise: Choose some prints for sale

The object of this exercise is compile a catalogue of prints for sale for a variety of tastes – the idea is to imagine that I am a publisher in Amsterdam in the mid-17th century.  This has proved to be … Continue reading

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Exercise: Research some Classical landscape paintings and also perspective

I am starting this post with the work of a modern artist called Rob Gonsalves who lives in Ontario, Canada.  Rob Gonsalves’ work is what he himself describes as magic realism but he is a landscape painter who uses perspective … Continue reading

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Exercise: Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century Portraits

I can write this one of two ways – very factual and critical or personally and I choose the second for a single reason: I am not a lover of portraits in art of virtually any kind as I find … Continue reading

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Exercise: Study some mythological subjects

This exercise is posted in the course material with two differing sections: ‘Choose two or three paintings of a mythological subject and research the story behind these paintings.  Where did the story originate, for example? Think about how the myths … Continue reading

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Reflections on Part 3 – Renaissance to Rococo

This has been a section in the course that I will freely admit has been a long haul for me to complete due to extenuating personal circumstances.  However I have in the end really enjoyed it although I find this … Continue reading

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16th Century notes

PERSONAL NOTE:  Catholic cult – symbolised by Law in Hans Holbein’s Allegory of the Old and New Testaments (p. 464 WHA) contrasted by Protestant belief in salvation by faith and grace – difference between Catholic and Protestant …. Note of … Continue reading

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