Getting the Story Behind the Masterpiece

November 9th, 2010 by Student Blogger
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Talking Art History

Talking Art History

By Brielle Burrus

We are all learning so much from everything we are seeing and doing, it’s so overwhelming. Our brains feel like they are on overload, but probably in the best way an artist could have it.

In the last few days we all had to shut ourselves in our rooms so that we could concentrate on making art and letting all the inspiration we have seen sink in. It’s hard because we have so much to just pick one aspect.

All of the pre-trip art history readying has really helped me understand and appreciate the works and places better. I’m also getting to know the artist behind the work and the struggle or drama that they went through. It has been really great to see and hear about so many people that I have admired for so long, and see them as real people. They had a life outside of just the few pieces of famous art that I studied in freshman art history. Actually standing in front of these things changes everything you knew about it, that might sound dramatic, but it’s true.

We spent a few days with Linda Karry a landscape artist. It is really exciting to walk around the city with someone who views everything in pastel colors. We have all really enjoyed getting to know her.

The pictures below are mostly of us talking about the art we are seeing. In one, Megan James is giving an art history report in front of the Four Rivers Fountain in the Piazza Navouna. We each are responsible for a certain aspect of art history and it has been really good to hear about other people’s topics also. Not only the factual things about the places or pieces of art but the opinion of the person who is studying them.

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