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Contextual Analysis

This film defines context and its relationship to subject matter, patronage, audience, function, setting, iconography and symbolism in art. Examine the physical, economic, and social contexts which shaped the major categories of art. Learn what questions to ask to better investigate context and meaning and to develop a contextual analysis of a single work or a comparative contextual analysis of two or more works.
Online
2016; 2012
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Critical Reading, Writing, and Research

This video illustrates the steps and procedures necessary to research a work of art. Learn how to construct a well-supported argument using visual, historical, and textual evidence.
Online
2016; 2012
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Methodology and Interpretation

When assessing art, compare and contrast artworks according to subject matter, style, iconography, and composition. This video explains how to identify and apply different methods art historians developed to think about artworks and analyze their meaning, quality, and structures. These include: formal analysis, style, social history, status, reception, patronage, iconography, semiotics, and imagery. Experts highlight current debates in the art field and consider the impact of digital technologies.
Online
2016; 2012
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Viewing, Discussing, and Analyzing Art

In this video, learn key terms and language associated with viewing, discussing, and analyzing art. The program introduces the goals of historical analysis and investigation while examining the themes and influence of culture on art including the Western Canon.
Online
2016; 2012
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Visual Analysis

This video defines the elements of art and principles of design and shows how they are used when describing and analyzing works of art. Learn the distinction between different media, techniques, materials, and processes used in art making and their practical and symbolic implications of each. Finally, experts discuss the components of a formal analysis of a single work as well as a comparative formal analysis of two or more artworks.
Online
2016; 2012
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Visual Literacy

This video helps viewers recognize artworks by media and techniques, and identify characteristics of work within key cultural and historical periods as well as styles, movements, and periods within the art world. The program also reveals how artists and art historians use floor plans, elevation drawings, and other visual tools.
Online
2016; 2012