The History of Art, Literature, Music and Philosophy Essay

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The History of Art, Literature, Music and Philosophy

Question:

Examine Steenwyck's Still Life: An Allegory of the Vanities of Human
Life, 1621, (Illustration Book, Colour Plate 10)

Write an account of this painting, paying attention to the
organisation of the pictorial space and how the artist has created a
three-dimensional effect through the use of perspective and modelling.
Consider, also, how tone, colour, lighting and brushwork are used to
portray the objects in the picture.

In the painting, An Allegory of the Vanities of Human Life, the artist
has created a three-dimensional effect through the use of perspective
and modeling. He uses different colours, a wide tonal range, lighting
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The vessel is matte, whereas the shell is shiny.
The artist is able to use tone and lighting to achieve this. The
artist uses tone to show that it is lighter where the light shines.
This creates a three-dimensional effect. In addition, the brushwork of
the artist is very fine and it makes the objects seem real.

The artist makes use of perspective, tone, colour, lighting and
brushwork to create the three-dimensional effect of the picture.


Part 2 Literature

Read the sonnet by Anna Seward (1742 - 1809), "Sonnet. December
Morning (Resource book 1, A27). Write a continuous analysis of the
poem, using the questions below as the focus for your answer)

Questions

1. Explain, using your own words as far as possible, lines 1 to 9, up
to the word 'given'.

2. Elaborate what the main purpose of the sestet is, using specific
textual references to support your answer.

3. Comment on the importance of the rhyme pattern throughout the
sonnet.

4. To what extent has the port conveyed her message successfully?
(Here you may want to consider the original purpose of the sonnet as a
poetic form).

"Sonnet. December Morning" is written by Anna Seward. In this
analysis, I will comment on the purpose of the sestet, rhyme pattern
and message that the poet wants to convey.

This sonnet of fourteen lines is divided into the octave, which
stretches to line 9, and the sestet, which…