3. In a post on your blog, add a photo of the Paleolithic or Neolithic artwork you have found.
4. Please explain what it is, where it was found, what it is made of, and how old it is.
This is the Venus of Hohle Fels. It was made in c. 35,000-40,000 BCE. It is made out of Mammoth ivory and it was found in Germany. It is about 40,000-years-old. It is an upper Paleoithic figurine.
5. How is abstraction, exaggeration, and emphasis used?
This is an abstract statue because nobody in the real world looks like this and because this is unrealistic. The thighs, stomach, breasts, basically the body is all exaggerated so they are all bigger than normal. The belly is emphasized with patterns and lines that are drawn on the belly emphasizes that part. Also the breasts have a outline, plus it is big which makes an equivalent effect of emphasizing the belly. This emphasizing makes us look at those parts more than the other parts such as the head. Also we could say that the head is exaggerated too because it is really small.
6. Why do you think the artist used exaggeration in this piece?
All of the body parts that are exaggerated such as the thighs, breasts, and belly, are all useful to fertility so we can tell that at the time that they made this, fertility was important. Also we can tell that breasts were important because when the babies are born the mother could provide food for the child. Also we can tell that people with more fat was preferred than people with less. The head isn’t really important because it is exaggerated as really small.
7. Find another piece of artwork on my Pinterest page which depicts a human being, and post a photo in the same post.
8. Please explain what this piece is, who created it, what it is made of, when it was made.
This is by Diego Rivera. The piece is called The Architect (Jesús T. Acevedo). It was made in 1915 and it is made out of oil on canvas.
9. Is abstraction, exaggeration, and emphasis used?
Abstraction is used. But exaggeration is barely shown or not shown at all. However, emphasis is shown very well.
10. If you think abstraction, exaggeration, and emphasis are used, explain how they are used.
Abstraction is really used because no architect, and no person looks like this in real life. Nobody’s head is made up of shapes. Exaggeration isn’t used because no part of the body is necessarily made bigger or smaller. However, emphasis is used because all the other colors are white or dark but the shirt of the man and the table are fire colors which make us focus on them more and what the architect is doing. Also what the architect is doing with his hand is in between the yellow table and the red clothes which makes us look at what he is doing even more.
11. If you think abstraction, exaggeration, and emphasis are not used, please state how they are not used.
Abstraction and emphasis are used but exaggeration is not used. Exaggeration is not used because no parts of the body are made unnaturally big or small. They body’s size is all similar to an actual persons. But we can’t say that because it isn’t exaggerated that it looks like a real life person. Abstraction and emphasis counts as well.
12. Compare and contrast the two works of art: How are they alike? How are they different?
There are a lot of ways where the two pieces of art are similar and how they are not similar. First of all, they are alike because they are all abstract. They both are certainly not what people look like in real life. Parts of the pieces of art are emphasized. However, the parts that are exaggerated are different. Such as the Venus of Hohle Fels has patterns on the belly and around the breasts so that they get more attention than the other parts. The Architect (Jesús T. Acevedo) was a little different because the body and table were red, it makes us looks there. Therefore this is emphasized. But there is a second part to this in which we get to look at the gray spot in the middle of these bright colors to what the architect is doing. It draws our attention to that spot. The difference is that the Venus of Hohle Fels is exaggerated and that the architect is not. The breasts, the belly, and the thighs are exaggerated to be really big and the head to be really small. However the architect (Jesús T. Acevedo) doesn’t particularly have a part that is made extremely bigger or smaller.
Diego Rivera / The Architect (Jesús T. Acevedo) / 1915 / oil on canvas
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Venus of Hohle Fels, c. 35,000-40,000 BCE. Mammoth ivory, 6.096 cm high. Found in Germany.