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Design by Robert Frost

21 Feb 2017

Regarding the diction, or word choice that Frost employs, note his repetitive inclination toward the color white in the first three lines. The spider, he describes as dimpled, fat and white, sitting on a white heal-all flower, which was a deliberate choice on his part, since heal-all flowers are in reality blue. He even goes so far as to compare the moth that the spider is holding up to “a white piece of rigid satin cloth”, much like the fabric of a bridal dress. The color white is commonly known as a symbol of impeccability, chastity and purity. His choice of words, or color, for that matter, portrays a picture of flawless serenity, yet somewhat eerie, being that in most cultures spiders are considered a symbol of evil and somewhat appalling. Also, his reference to the moth as being held like a stiff piece of cloth gives us a picture of death, since death is often associated with stiffness and rigidity. The words adopted by Frost in the next few lines become more explicit regarding the sinister nature of the scene. His usage of words like “death and blight”, “dead wings”, “ingredients of a witches broth”, all come together to lend a morbid and a markedly ominous quality to the poem. Frost then goes on to question the coincidence of a heal all flower posing as a white flower, along with a white spider, who employs the flowers assistance in climbing to the top and being camouflaged by its color, deceiving the innocent white moth.

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Roman Portraiture Uses and Developments Between 31 and 217 AD

20 Feb 2017

The roots of Roman Portraiture hold the history of Etruria, an early city of Rome, north of its borders. The Etruscans were immigrants from the Asia Minor that went to Italy on the meltdown of Bronze Age. When they arrived in Italy, Etruscans saw themselves as the ruling class and vehemently exploited the riches of the country. Since their arrival, the influence of Etruscan style became apparent, as to the way a sculpture smiles and the so-called “quiet serenity” it portrays. Moreover, the quality of these portraits remains Etruscan in nature because of their high influence on Roman art. The initiative mark for Etruscan trademark was the fact that Etruria exported its vases to Romans and Greeks; hence, the taste became Etruscan. Piloting the emergence of Roman art was Marcus Aurelius. His definitive taste and desire for arts were more of Greek influence, as he used this influence for his political charisma (bookrags.com, 2002).

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How has Matthew Bourne influenced the Ballet genre

16 Feb 2017

Louis XIV organized the teaching and presentation of music and dance by setting up academies. The Académie Royal de Musique (1669) was officially given the exclusive right to present operas, which led to a new genre, the opera-ballet, initiated by the composer Jean-Baptiste Lully, which combined vocal scenes with danced interludes. Following the developments in Italian opera, composers made new demands on singers, who had to study for years in order to be able to meet them successfully. After the mid-17th century, singers exerted considerable influence on the structure of new works because they demanded showpiece arias at certain places in the text. The dramatic technique of Baroque opera followed set rules: arias were to be sung at the front of the stage, facing the audience; the chorus was directed as a static body; and the ornate setting was an elaborate decoration with which to please the eye rather than a functional definition of the acting area. One effect of the academies was to transfer dance activities from the court to the professional stage, and in 1681 the first professional dancers appeared in Le Triomphe de l'amour (The Triumph of Love), choreographed by Charles-Louis Beauchamp to Lully's music.

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Pablo Picasso as a Cubist

14 Feb 2017

Now is the time in this period of changes and revolution to use a revolutionary manner of painting and not to paint like before. - Pablo Picasso, 1935. (Chipp 488)

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Starbucks Mission Statement Analysis

17 Jan 2017

It cannot be denied that the story of Starbucks is the story of Howard Schulz. Shultz never purported himself to be the original owner of the Starbucks franchise. Neither was he the originator of the coffee making business. But he is responsible for the love affair that has existed between Americans and coffee for the last 24 years. The story of its beginning is infamous and integral to the marketed Starbucks experience.

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Dadaism and Surrealism

28 Dec 2016

Dadaism is both an artistic and literary movement which sprung from the internal realizations of artistic and literary thinkers during the First World War. It originated in Zurich Switzerland under the influence of Tristan Tzara, Jean Arp, Hugo Ball and Hans Richter to name a few. It is their direct defiance to the bourgeois class and the rise of capitalism which they consider as the major factor that triggered World War I. The official establishment of the group was declared through what was referred to as the Dada Manifesto in 1916 at Cabaret Voltaire. A portion of the manifesto states the following:

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Popular Culture. Visual Arts

23 Dec 2016

The term popular culture is beset with various degrees of complexities. This basically stems from that popular denotes a variety of meaning, interpretations and representations. On the other hand, it cannot be denied that culture is also characterized by the same degree of complexities. If one has to take a closer look, it can be seen that scholars and members of the academe would often go on a heated debate on how to contextualize popular culture in terms of its impacts and consequences. Thus, popular culture, generally speaking becomes a vague, if not too ambivalent concept. The fusion of the two terms seem to create (chaos) not only within the academic field, but also with the manner in which it is consumed and used by the public. What is popular cannot be described as something that is popular and vice versa. Oftentimes, the conflicts occur when something that is widely acknowledged and consumed is questioned regarding its cultural contributions and how it affects the inpidual's concept of reality.

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Study Guide for Art History

31 Oct 2016

Michelangelo Buonarroti’s "David" 1504

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The House-Tree-Person Drawing Test

21 Oct 2016

The House-Tree-Person Drawing Test (HTP) is an exam for estimating self-perception and attitudes of a person through drawings, which act as the ambiguous, abstract or unstructured stimuli. In addition, a projective technique, like HTP, interprets drawings and provides questions that may readily assess the personality of the patient.

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Hero: Movie Analysis

13 Oct 2016

China set in the Warring States period is like a sword broken into seven pieces; more specifically into Zhao, Qi, Qin, Yan, Chu, Han, and Wei. Just like swords, they come to blows and ragged blade marks in a battle for supremacy and this goes on for years. The King of Qin, being the most ambitious, wanted to conquer all of China eventually leading him to become its first Emperor. In achieving this, he gave a reward to those who could defeat the three legendary assassins. It took ten years until a county sheriff, Nameless, provided proof of the three assassins’ death; their legendary weapons. As such, he was allowed to sit ten paces away from the King. Nameless told his story to the King, who in return told his point of view of how Nameless managed to get their legendary weapons. Eventually, Nameless was targeted by the King’s subordinates and died after receiving a shower of arrows. This is the story of Nameless; a “Hero”. Zhang Yimou’s “Hero” does not only intrigue its audience with its clever plot but also provokes them to watch it by providing a multitude of symbols within its message and theme. An audience would love this movie not only because of these thought-provoking contents but also by its rich history and cinematography.

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