The Formal Qualities of Western Art
Arts have been used for a variety of purposes throughout history. In the past, they were often used for practical purposes such asreligious ceremonies or as a form of currency. However, as time has gone on, their purpose has shifted more towards communication and expression. This change can be seen in the different styles of art that have emerged over time. In this paper, I will be discussing how the formal qualities of western art have changed and what these changes mean.
2. The shift from utility to communication
The shift from arts being used for practical purposes to being used for communication began in the Romantic period. Arts were no longer seen as just a way to create things like religious icons or pottery. Instead, they were seen as a way to express emotions and communicate ideas. This change can be seen in the work of artists such as Peter Paul Rubens and Caravaggio. They began to experiment with new techniques and styles that allowed them to express their feelings more freely. The quality of their work was also much higher than what had been seen before.
3. Western art: formal qualities and their changes
The formal qualities of western art have changed significantly over time. In the ancient world, art was often very stylized and unrealistic. This is because the people of that time believed that the gods were not like humans and so they should not be depicted in human form. As time went on, however, artists began to experiment with more realistic styles. The Byzantine and medieval periods saw a return to stylized art, but by the Renaissance, artists were once again depicting things in a more realistic way. This trend continued into the modern era with artists like Rembrandt and Michelangelo creating some of the most realistic and lifelike paintings ever seen.
In conclusion, the formal qualities of western art have changed significantly over time. These changes reflect the shifting purpose of art from being used for practical purposes to being used for communication and expression. The different styles of art that have emerged over time show us how the ways in which we communicate our thoughts and feelings have changed over time.