Tag : art

Ecology of the imaginary

Muntaka Chasant, Burning sheathed cables to recover copper at the Agbogbloshie e-waste landfill near the center of Accra, Ghana’s capital city (detail)   After this long summer break I would like to resume from the central theme of this blog. That is, from that discourse already undertaken around the images and the impact they have on the constitution of our imagery and, therefore, of our experience, determining many of our points of view and the “form” of our thinking itself. […]

The great meagreness

Danilo Santinelli, Bathers (detail), 1996 In this speech I would like to address the embarrassing problem that grips an entire generation, mine, and that I believe to be affected by a disarming smallness. A smallness expressed above all in the absence and therefore in reality not expressed, even if concrete and existential, which manifests itself in a failure to take a position on every aspect of civil and moral life. A generation that has not arrived, that neither declares nor […]

Spatial use of colour

Leonardo da Vinci, St. Anne, the Virgin and Child with the Lamb (detail), 1510-13ca   Colour has its own qualities of representation of space not connected to figuration. This is an aspect that Itten himself (Johannes Itten 1888-1967) debated in his essay Art of Colour (1961), but which we would like to exemplify here through the work (1) of an artist, also a lecturer at the Bauhaus like Itten, who deals with the spatial capacities of colour throughout his life. […]

Rhythmic use of color

Simone Martini, Maestà (detail), 1312-15   To give an example of the rhythmic use of colour, we will talk about the famous Maestà (1) by Simone Martini painted in 1312-15. (1) The work has a horizontal course. In the lower part there is the throne on which sits the Madonna and Child and on whose sides are gathered the saints, above them, in the upper part, stands out on the blue background the colored canopy that serves as a cover. […]

Spatial-temporal use of light

Caravaggio, Flagellation of Christ, detail, 1607   Light can suggest the volumetric spatiality of subjects, animated or inanimate, and a lasting or temporary temporality of events. Throughout the history of art, geographical productions have been marked by different types of representation that, from time to time, underwent declinations according to the ages. We would like to compare three of these different typologies in order to differentiate the three different ways of understanding representation, space and time. If we examine a […]

Response to Moebius

This intervention was triggered by the reading of Jean Giraud – Moebius Histoire de mon double, passed to me by Marco Bianchini, a talented Italian cartoonist on the breach for many years now. Some passages of the text have struck me particularly and I would like to give them an answer. In particular, Moebius insists on some linguistic aspects that are particularly important to him in the chapter Questions of style. In the text, the great French cartoonist tends to […]

Line, gesture and matter

Vincent van Gogh, Cornfield with Ravens Flight, 1890   Up to now, in this blog, I have introduced the spatio-temporal trends of composition (https://www.danilosantinelli.it/danilos-blog/spatio-temporal-trend-of-the-composition/), the aspects of basic geometric forms (https://www.danilosantinelli.it/danilos-blog/aspects-of-basic-geometric-shapes/) and the aspects of colour (https://www.danilosantinelli.it/danilos-blog/color-aspects/), all of which are fundamental to conducting the analysis of a visual text from a grammatical point of view, given that, as has already been said several times, images use their own grammar that allows them to express themselves and make clear to […]

Functionality of individuals

One of the fascinating aspects of teaching is the stimulus that the student raises with questions, affirmations, aspects of his sensitivity that emerge from the drawing and the imaginary that constitutes him and that will be shared, generally, by his classmates. This intervention of mine was suggested to me by a speech made a few days ago with a student, who said that you can not do too many things together, since you would risk not doing well none. I, […]

Color Aspects

Anyone who uses a computer will sooner or later be faced with a graphics program and will have noticed the presence of some acronyms corresponding to color scales. You may not have wondered what they refer to, but you probably remember RGB or CMYK.   (1)   It should first be noted that the letters, in the composition of the two acronyms, are the initials of the colours constituting them. Red, green, blue for RGB and cyan, magenta, yellow, key […]

Aspects of basic geometric shapes

In one of my previous speeches I dealt with the spatio-temporal trends inherent in the composition (https://www.danilosantinelli.it/danilos-blog/spatio-temporal-trend-of-the-composition/), for the sake of completeness I would now like to introduce some aspects concerning the three basic geometric forms, which are also precious compositional tools: square, circle and triangle.     The square, distinguished by its four equal sides and angles, has no motion, it seems to close on itself, apparently motionless in its solidity suggested by the right angles. The stability and […]