By Paul Smith, Carolyn Wilde
The significant other presents an obtainable severe survey of Western visible paintings concept from resources in Classical, Medieval and Renaissance inspiration via to modern writings.
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To see that one ﬁgure is smaller than another may be to see that it is at some distance behind the other, not that it is a smaller person or a less important ﬁgure. Similarly, to see the visual rhythms between natural and domestic objects and human bodies, and thus the metaphorical relations between them, may need direction. More recently, the traditional conceptual apparatus of Fine Art has been transgressed and displaced – which is one reason for the bafﬂement of the general public. In general, to see analogies between the use of the medium, the methods of depiction and what is depicted in the work, that is, to see what is represented in terms of its manner of representation, requires various sorts of sophisticated aesthetic attention – even when looking at a painting that uses the most familiar naturalistic conventions.
In Book Three Alberti writes, ‘I would have those who begin to learn the art of painting do what I see practised by teachers of writing. They ﬁrst teach all the signs of the alphabet separately, and then how to put syllables together and then whole words. Our students should follow 13 Tradition and the Academy this method with painting’ (1991, p. 89). Teaching someone to write, however, only has point if the person taught is going to have something to say. There is an important shift between being able to form letters and understanding syntax in sentence construction.
Conybeare, Loeb Classical Library, pp. 173–9 Plato (1956) The Republic 507B–C, 595B, 598A, trans. by Paul Shorey, Loeb Classical Library, pp. 96, 418, 430 27 Tradition and the Academy Plato (1968) The Sophist 240A–B, 265B–266D, 268B–C, trans. by Harold North Fowler, Loeb Classical Library, pp. 61, trans. by H. Rackham, Loeb Classical Library, vol. 9, p. 22, vol. 7, trans. by A. H. Armstrong, Loeb Classical Library, p. 159 Porphyry (1989) On the Life of Plotinus and the Order of his Books 1, trans.
A Companion to Art Theory by Paul Smith, Carolyn Wilde