Classical Imagery Renaissance – The Final: Part 1 of 2

  Tonight I’ll be discussing all of the non image related pieces for the final exam for CIR. Tomorrow I’ll be examining (early in the morning) the layover from the previous exam and make a new animated timeline to lay out all the important dates for the final.

  It’s a shame this class is ending but I suppose that’s the way of things. So lets at least leave with an informational bang.

  To begin we will take a crash course through the liberal arts, as stated before there are 7 Liberal Arts. No more and no less, if you know anyone who is talking about Liberal Arts do a quick check that they can name the stuff and if they can’t just ignore them.

  The first set is called the Trivium, this I believe is latin for “Three Roads”. In Order you have Grammar, easily remembered because you get beaten for not remembering Grammar in Grammar School (well used to), It is followed by Dialectic or more specifically Dialectic (Logic) which is not surprising since it is Philosophers favorite tool, they spread the worth of this tool with the final of the Trivium which is Rhetoric. Easy Peezy Folks.

  The Second Set is called the Quadrivium, or the Four Roads. In Order you have Arithmetic, which naturally leads into Geometry, which itself leads naturally into Astronomy. Because each is fulfilled to a great extent by its former, after these three you have the case of Music. That may seem ‘odd’ but you should also know that they mean more the mathematical and technical help that Music gives, such as plucking a line to check the tension or to work balance, or following the chirp of a metronome to accomplish a difficult task.

  When looking at Rennaissance paintings there are 3 vital points to look for, the first is Linear Perspective, established after 1425 (more on that tomorrow), the second is classical forms (Greco-roman stuff), and finally anatomy. These are not necessary in any particular order but they all three are necessary. Not that it matters but these were established by Ernst Gombrich. If you need a mnemonic, it would be L.A.C., Linear Perspective, Anatomy, and Classical Forms. I doubt you’ll need it but it could help.

  Neo-Platonism is one of the many faith structures that looks at life as a substandard situation only alleviated with death. Specifically it has 4 planes to deal with. You begin with the highest level known as the Cosmic Mind, understandably this is an area of pure knowledge (what could be better to philosophers I suppose). Next you have the Cosmic Soul, the place where all the causes of the lower two levels are dictated. After this you enter Nature, which is essentially the play dough area where forms are squished into matter to make everything we see around us. At the bottom of this entire thing is the Realm of Matter, non-living material. Which interestingly enough is actually more close to reality than you might think. But that’s a discussion for another day. Essentially we are at the bottom looking up. Through Philosophy we can spread our love to god and for whatever reason God is just chillin’ pouring love down. It’s like trickle down economics.

  Finally tonight I’ll finish with Isocephaly. Whenever you are looking at a painting and notice a bunch of heads all on the same line you are most likely looking at a case of Isocephaly and that can generally help you find the vanishing point. Other tools are using regions of the painting that you can discern such as tiling on the floor and falling their angles till you reach a singular point. I’m sure most people here know how to find vanishing points.

  Alright. I’ll see you all tomorrow. I’ll be finishing this up and discussing the first half of the final for Dinosaurs and their Environment.

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