Arts Essays

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Guido D’arezzo and the History of Written Music

During the medieval era of music history, music was not documented and transmitted the same way that it is today. Rather than a choir learning a new song by looking at a piece of sheet music and sight reading, oral transmission was used. In plainchant music, for example, a leader or conductor would teach the choir a song by first singing it. The choir would then sing back the same melody or phrase in an emulative manner. This method of learning music, however, changed during the 11th century, when Guido...
18 min

Term “Culture”

Culture is part of a “set of ideas" that defines society. The current state of affairs puts premium on what is visual. The popularity of television, internet, and billboards utilizes the appeal of images to transmit messages. In studying visual culture, it would be difficult to separate it from the dilemma of what is real and what is not, especially in this period, which scholars and even ordinary observers refer to as postmodernity.What is postmodernity, and what does it have to do with culture? Postmodernity poses the assumption that a...
11 min

Parian marble sculpture at The Louvre

The Winged Victory of Samothrace is one of the most celebrated visual art sculptures in the world from the Hellenistic era. The sculpture depicts the goddess Nike as she descends from the sky with outstretched wings over her shoulders. It originally formed part of the Samothrace temple that was an homage to the gods. Victory was situated at the prow of the ship in her triumphant pose. Before this statue of Nike lost her arms, they were cupped around her mouth in an effort to announce the Greek victory at...
4 min

The Colossus of Constantine

The Colossus of Constantine was originally constructed at the Forum Romanum in Rome in the Basilica of Maxentius. The statue was created in the acrolithic medium, which literally means "stone at the extremities". In this case, the head, arms and legs were carved from marble while the body was created from brick and wooden frameworks that were most likely covered in gilded bronze. This statue is emblematic of the art of the Roman Empire in many ways, but it also stood out from the rest due to its sheer magnitude,...
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Yale Art Gallery

Despite the fact that I have visited Yale several times, this was my first trip to the Yale Art Gallery. I was surprised to find that part of the art of the museum is housed in a beautiful gothic style building while the remainder is very modern. I was equally surprised to learn that the museum is the oldest in the Western hemisphere. Although the museum is quite small, it provides a comfortable environment conducive to education, as there are several study areas and student groups studying the works displayed.I...
7 min

As I Learn To Write

It is not just a matter of being required by the curriculum of the school or the course taken. Learning and developing writing skills is one asset I strongly believe that is very useful in every aspect of life - school, work, community, and family. Somehow, I will need to write to them, for them, about them. As I learn to write, I realized that I am not only putting to good use my skill but I become better in communicating myself, my ideas, my thoughts, my feelings. And to...
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It was said that the settings for the plays generates certain impact for the audience or reader. It usually brings out the necessary highlights that are needed to be brought up. The issues or conflicts in the play could easily be identified given a good setting for a play. The ambiance or the mood of the play could establish the right reactions from the audience or readers. In this particular essay, the play that is about to be scrutinized is the one that was written by Susan Glaspell. "Trifles' was...
8 min

Book Sellers Show

Art is verse and interesting. I found it to be so. I am particularly interested in coming for the Book sellers Show. I have a number of books, including 'How to Make Money in the Sign Painting Business'. I humbly ask for an added privilege to airbrush on shirts to promote my model. I have actually found out that both publishing and panting have a common ground, just like a woman and her daughter. Design can not be divorced from publishing. It is interesting to find about that this is...
4 min

Music – an interactive art

I consider music to be an interactive art, like a dialogue. Interactive in the sense that I would receive and respond to it subjectively and actively, in various different manners, depending on my moods and values, my taste and my cultural background, but most of all depending on my sensibility. I am very selective, but also very eclectic in my musical tastes: I cannot say I have a favorite genre or band. But there is a sum of elements that touch me in particular. Objectively, music is known to combine...
4 min

The Strike by Hollywood Writers

On November 5, 2007, a planned strike of television, radio and screenplay writers, who work in the US for Eastern and Western branches of the Writers Guild of America, has started. This strike was a reaction on recent policies of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers regarding a new contract which must be signed with the Guilds. Basically, the writers insisted on increasing their shares of incomes coming from total sells of movies and TV series, both on DVDs and in Internet. However, the Alliance refused, that's why...
3 min

Grandma Moses: A Short Biography

Anna Mary Robertson Moses, commonly referred to as "Grandma Moses", was born on September 7, 1860 in Greenwich, New York. She is famously known for her paintings despite the fact that she did not receive any formal training and education on art. She grew up in a family of ten children and worked at their family's farm while still at a young age. At the age of twelve, she was already earning by working as a hired girl in homes close to her family's house. Her curiosity for the visual...
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The Writers Guild of America Strike started on November5, 2007 and ended on February 12, 2008. The Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) and Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) conducted it. The strike against the trade organization, which represents of 397 American Film and Television producers i.e. Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). The main producers are CBS Corporation, Metro-Goldwin-Mayer, NBC Universal, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Walt Disney Company and Warner Brothers. The strike accounts for 100 days. It is effected the economy of Los Angeles...
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Music had been a great part of an individual's life. Although a person is young or old rich or poor music may possibly still absorbed and applied in every person's life. The continuous playing and the circulation of music through different sources such as the radio, television and internet had made it possible for different kinds of people to listen to the music that they prefer. Music had also been developing through time and genres had been changing as the new generations of artists that came in to the music...
8 min

Woman Holding a Balance

Johannes Vermeer's vivid painting, “Woman Holding a Balance" is an example of how attentive artists utilize the various principles of design. It shows how these different elements harmonize together to compose one visual ensemble. To understand how each operates within this example, they must be dissected individually.Let us begin by discussing the painting's emphasis. An artist does not necessarily have to place the focal point in the center of the canvas in order to highlight the subject. In this piece, the eye is drawn to the focal point by Vermeer's...
6 min

Freedom in the Dunes

Suna no onna translated as Woman of the Dunes is a novel by Kobo Abe which was adopted into film by Japanese director Hiroshi Teshigahara. The novel was published in 1962, and the film was released in 1964. Kobo Abe also wrote the screenplay for the film version making him the author of both the screenplay and the novel. The surreal and at times absurd plot of Woman in the Dunes has drawn comparisons with major existentialist works like Jean-Paul Sarte's No Exit and Samuel Backett's Happy Days. The film...
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