This is a year 12 level homework for visual art. I urgently need a complete draft by Tuesday 17th Feb, thank you!...

This is a year 12 level homework for visual art. I urgently need a complete draft by Tuesday 17th Feb, thank you!

  • Compare and contrast selected works by two different artists in relationship to the concept of INTERIORS. 
  • Expound your view point of how these works connect to the concept.

To make informed judgments, you are required to research the artists and artworks symbols, metaphors, media, techniques. 

Discuss processes and context that contribute to the meaning of the artworks. 

Synthesize this information to critically appraise, evaluate and justify the meanings that are communicated through the selected art works. Evaluate how the artist construct, challenge, reinforce, or manipulate ideas, beliefs and understanding about the concept of interiors through their artworks.

The artworks selected to discuss may be--

  1. a literal representation of the concept;
  2. a symbolic interpretation that identifies and depicts representations 
  3. associated with your experiences relating to the concept;
  4.  an abstract and nonrepresentational interpretation that deals with a highly personalized response to the concept
  5. a metaphoric representation that communicates something about your interpretation of the concept.
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There are two interiors found in Vatican City, the smallest state in the world.


The Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel 

Although Michelangelo insisted to the Rovere Pope Julius II, who commissioned him to paint the frescoes that adorn the ceilings of this famous building, that he was a sculptor, not a painter; nevertheless, these frescoes of nine episodes from the Book of Genesis are among the most beautiful works ever painted. 

A fresco is a painting made on top of damp plaster. As the paint dries, the pigment chemically bonds with the plaster of the wall or ceiling on which it is made. In order to create a fresco, the artist first makes a "cartoon," or sketch on paper. Then, the cartoon is hung on the wet plaster and the lines of this drawing are traced into the plaster quickly before it dries. Once the fresco is completed, the painting is permanently bonded and will last for many, many years. In the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo "framed" the paintings with trompe d'oeil painted frames (which appear three dimensional). Between 1980 and 1999, experts restored the artwork in the Sistine Chapel so that millions can continue to appreciate it.

  • "Dividing the waters from the Land" by Michelangelo

This is one representation of the Creation story presented by Michelangelo, who followed precise instructions given to him by scholarly theologians, but injected his own vision into the fresco. Much like the other Creation portrayals of the sun and the moon, and of man, God is depicted with a long, flowing grey beard, supported in flight through the heavens by angels and a strong wind. This figure molds the limitless space beneath him. Michelangelo had a clear grasp upon what is called "foreshortening" in photography and his figure of God seems to be reaching out from the wall from the angels near him. With His arms widely apart, His fingers are spread as He is in the act of parting water from land. There is exactitude in Michelangelo's use of light and shadow so that the figure clearly seems three-dimensional. Indeed, the figure of the Creator in this scene is imposing, recalling the passages from Genesis, as well as inspiring Christians to recall the might of their God as they pass under this magnificent representation.

It should also be noted that Michelangelo's paintings are representative of the Renaissance with its individual figure dominating space, its accuracy of the depiction of anatomy and balanced proportions, its evidence of Classical influence with the imposing beard and figure of the Creator, as well asits linear perspective, depth, realism, and symmetry as the two angels are on each side, supporting the Creator--a truly moving painting.

The Second Loggia 

Also located in Vatican City in the palace of the popes are the Loggia [spaces within the body of the building that are open on one side to the air with curved archways, serving sometimes as an entrance porch] of Bramante and of Raphael. From 1509-1511 Raphael worked on some of most highly regarded frescoes in the High Renaissance, just as Michaelangelo did, in the Vatican's Stanza della Segnatura. The Second Loggia of Raphael's is dedicated to the glory of Pope Leo X. Raphael designed them with a flat central lacunar and five nearly level panels, which were ideal for paintings. The paintings there are referred to as The Raphel Bible; they are four frescoes of scenes taken from the Old Testament.

  • "The Separation of Land and Water" by Raphael

One of these is entitled "The Separation of Land and Water" and depicts the Creator forming the seas around land over the planet. In this painting, Raphael exhibits the humanistic philosophy he was taught when a young boy; perhaps, this is why his painting depicts the earth and God's finger touching it. His Creator, like Michelangelo's has billowing hair and beard of grey; however, the figure is less physical in presentation. Only the face, hands, and feet are displayed; there is not the muscular and virile power of Michelangelo's Creator. Yet, there is a symbolism as Raphael's Creator touches the earth and separates with a mere finger the ocean from land alone without the assistance of small angels. The viewer is reminded of the puissant Creator who with only his touch creates a world over which he suspends Himself alone. Raphael's painting is classic, balanced, humanistic, inspiring. 

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