Medieval and Gothic / The word Icon originates in Greek language and means Image. What does Iconoclasm mean?. Images will play a crucial role in Western art since early centuries. Think and research about the importance of images today in your culture. Do they possess the same relevance as during the Byzantine period? Think about an image that is powerful for you and explain why.
Apocalyptic and dystopian art has been popular since about the 90′s. Few works are darker than those of Zdzisław Beksiński. His creatures are misshaped wretches that might have been human once, his landscapes are painted orange and red by some unseen fires; Eerie monstrosities stride in the mists surrounding foreboding monuments. What does it all mean? Nothing – Beksinski never knew the meaning behind his works and was adamant against any sort of interpretation.
What does it mean to be a Witch? True Witchcraft can be practiced from one place and one place only – from deep within the heart and innermost being of the individual. And it is nothing more than a certain degree of consciousness within that individual
Ode to Uccello’s Portrait of a Young Man: Paolo di Dono is called Uccello because of his love of animals, namely birds. Trained in the style of Ghiberti’s workshop, Uccello spent the bulk of his career in Florence. His style is distinctive of the early Renaissance and shows a wonderful mix of traditions as Uccello combined Gothic art with more realistic work, using Roman block letters to emphasize the link with ancient Roman. What does this inscription say? The end does all, meaning that if…
Medieval and Gothic / Paintings are flat, what does that mean? No naturalism, no shadows, no atmospheric effects to convey depth, no light, no perspective. Rulers liked figurative art (presented in court scenes), clerics didn't. What are the conflicting interests that led to one directional pictures with no volume? Does figurative art ever appear in religious contexts? Why?