Art Past, Art Present

Read and/ Watch the resources posted in the Weekly Shell

Read in Art Past, Art Present
From Chapter 9, pp. 364-365
From Chapter 11, pp. 427-429, 442-443, 448-451, 468-469, 472-475

Then answer the following questions in short sentences

1. Francisco Goya (4 points)
From the textbook on pp. 442-443 and Goya’s Graphic Imagination Virtual Opening / video
a. What was the historical context of Goya’ s painting, The Execution of Madrilenos on the Third of May, 1808?
b. What is the message of this painting? How does the composition of the figures convey the message? What lighting effects has Goya adopted from Caravaggio to underscore the meaning of the event taking place?
c. How is Goya’s painting The Execution of Madrilenos on the Third of May different from the anti-war painting, Allegory of the Outbreak of War, painted by Baroque artist, Paul Rubens, illustrated on p. 365?
d. What do you think is even more personal and more modern about Goya’s series of prints and drawings in the MET Museum’s Goya’s Graphic Imagination exhibition? Discuss one print or drawing from the virtual tour exhibition.

2. 19th-century Photography (7 points)
From the textbook pp. 468-469 and the SFMO videos on Henry Fox Talbot, Carleton Watkins, & Julia Margaret Cameron
a. What is a camera obscura? How was the device used by artists in the Renaissance?
b. Why were Henry Fox Talbot’s early “sun pictures” useful to botanists?
c. How did he improve on his earlier “sun pictures” and why was his invention of the negative important? And ultimately more popular than the daguerreotype?
d. What were the some of the challenges that Carleton Watkins faced in trying to photograph the vast scale of the landscape of Yosemite in 1861? What type of photographic equipment did he need and what were the logistics involved in taking the equipment to Yosemite?
e. How did his mammoth photographs influence the creation of Yosemite National Park?
f. What were some of the beginning technical challenges for an amateur photographer such as Julia Margaret Cameron?
g. What did art critics say about her photographic portraits? What qualities of photographs did the critics appreciate? Why did Cameron continue with her own approach; and what was she trying to express?

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