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Constantin Brancusi

Born a peasant in a remote village in Romania
Spent most of adult life in Paris
Photograph: Endless Comumn - columns seem to go forever; has a marble submarine that is called "fish"
Photograph: Bird in Space 1928-30


branch of philosophy concerned with the feelings aroused in us by sesory experiences

Chauvet Cave

founded by Jean-Marie Chauvet in 1994
images are from 30,000 BC


Very large stones surrounded in turn by a circular ditch
Stonehenge - 3100 BC, erected in Neolithic era

What do artists do?

1. create places for some human purpose
2. create extraordinary versions of ordinary objects
3. record and commemorate
4. give tangible form to the unknown
5. give tangible form to feelings and ideas
6. refresh our vision and help us see the world in new ways


Latin for 'vanity,' a meditation on the fleeting nature of earthly life and happiness

Mona Lisa

Leonardo da Vinci 1503-1505

Cabbage Leaf

Edward Weston 1931

Fisherman's Cottage on the Clifs at Varengeville

Claude Monet 1882


Giovanni Bellini 1500

Saturn Devouring One of His Children

Francisco de Goya 1820

First Communion

Pablo Picasso 1895

Representational Art

to represent the visible world in such a way that we recognize a likeness


a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance

Woman with Packages

Louise Bourgeois 1949

trompe l'oeil

extreme optical fidelity - being fooled that the painting is lifelike

Housepainter III

Duane Hanson 1984


Kitagawa Utamaro 1798

Nude Woman Having Her Hair Combed

Edgar Degas 1886


the way a work of art looks


what a work of art is about

Piano Lesson

Henri Matisse 1916

Music Lesson

Henri Matisse 1917

Liberty Leading The People

Eugene Delacroix

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