Tag : art

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 […]

Colonized imagery

Philips PM5544 Monoscope   Let me first explain the title. Think of our generational formation, of how our memory and our way of imagining are bound by what we have seen and stored mnemonically, indelibly marking our identity: cinema, in particular American cinema, or rather Hollywood cinema, with its frenetic sequential narration, profoundly different from European productions, there is also national cinema, but if we think of its cultural impact on a large scale, we must necessarily refer to the […]

5 – Of the absence

This last intervention aims to introduce those contemporary painters who have tried to give representation to the human being today, highlighting the denial of identity given by the socio-cultural, socio-economic and socio-media situation. Where the excess of information, instead of giving voice, has made intelligences, humanity and collective instances mute and annihilated, swallowed up in the deafening noise of the avalanche of images, words and communications, resulting in a paradoxical absence caused by the excess of presence. The subjects and […]