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Understanding Iconography 1

Understanding Iconography Wendy Love Art/101 December 11, 2011 Professor Angelia Young

2011).” they give form to the immaterial ideas and feelings” (Sayre.Understanding Iconography 2 Understanding Iconography There are four roles of an artist.” second.” third. both human and elemental” (Museum of Fine Arts. Boston . The work is said to be based on a true story about the slave ship Zong whose captain. 2009). “ they make functional objects and structures more pleasurable by imbuing them with beauty and meaning. in 1781. Slave Ship depicts “Savers Throwing Overboard the Dead and Dying. “they create a visual record of their time and place. with a Typhoon Coming On” and “represents the artist’s fascination with violence. the sick and dying overboard with the hopes of collecting insurance money . Slave Ship 1775-1851. The first role is “they help us to see the world in new and innovative ways. The first work of art I chose is by Joseph Mallord William Turner. and fourth.

This work shows how he portreyed the event to happen and the details reveal the weather conditions or elements surrounding the incident. The second work of art I chose is by American. Davis’s works are focused upon the sights and sounds of American . 2011) to give detail of the event.Understanding Iconography 3 for slaves that were lost at sea. titled Ready-to-Wear. Stuart Davis. Boston . The event is captured by Turner in this work of art and he uses the strong forces of the waves and “churning color and light that merges sea and sky” (Museum of Fine Arts. particularly the 1913 Armory Show in New York. 1955. Davis was influenced by European Modernist works.

The bright. was how he viewed America and the clothing industry. . vivid colors. He uses vibrant colors in this piece of artwork which represents “the American invention of ready-to wear” clothing (The Art Institue Of Chicago.Understanding Iconography 4 life. It is thought that the remnants of leftover fabric are depicted throughout the work. The angles and shapes represent the means in which the fabric was cut. 2011).

1840 Retrieved from mfa Museum of Fine Arts Boston: http://www. (2009).artic. Boston.edu/aic/collections/artwork/2189?search_id=8 . Slave Ship. H. (2011). (2011).mfa. Retrieved from The Art Institue Of Chicago: http://www. MA:Prentice Hall . M. Stuart Davis. Boston . By Joseph Mallord William Turner. Ready-to-Wear. 1955.Understanding Iconography 5 References Works Cited Museum of Fine Arts. Chapter 1 The Art Institue Of Chicago.org/collections/object/31102 Sayre. A world of art (6th ed.).