HomeArticlesHow to do visual (formal) analysis in art history How to do visual (formal) analysis in art history By Frank Lundy September 19, 2019 Articles, Blog 53 Comments Tags:art, art history, Bellini, color, formal analysis, light, National Gallery London, pictorial space, Scale, Smarthistory, texture, tone, Venice, visual analysis Related Posts 25 DIY Barbie Hacks: shoes, phones, makeup, paint, mascara, and more! How to Draw a House in Two Point Perspective: Modern House Green Bay Nation: NFC playoff picture About Author admin 53 Comments Avery Suzuki September 18, 2017 Wow! We we're just about to start this in my art history class. Good timing Reply William Allen September 18, 2017 What differentiation should we make between the illusion of texture here and the real texture that we find in Van Gogh's impasto and the thick paint and other objects in somebody like Pollock? Reply lalaithan September 19, 2017 I enjoyed this analysis, wonderful job. As usual, the background voices are a good choice. Reply LaughingManRa September 19, 2017 Mary's hands are like that 'cause she's about to fire a kikōhō to test Jesus's power level. Reply Pu Ma September 19, 2017 very interesting, thank you Reply Emile Constance September 19, 2017 Thanks for doing a video on formal analysis–it's an invaluable approach for looking at and appreciating paintings, and all too often gets sidelined by what may be a slight over-emphasis on socio-politico-historical approaches. Excellent choice with Bellini's "Madonna," and a very thoughtful and thorough analysis–can't believe you fit all that in in under 10 minutes! Grateful for all your videos! Reply HistoriaEn10' September 20, 2017 Espectacular video! muchísima precisión. Reply asderc1 September 22, 2017 These videos are so well scripted. Excellent teaching, with real passion in your voices! Reply Vince Raine September 25, 2017 more videos like this!!!! Reply Michael Smith September 30, 2017 So in depth. Incredible. Reply Biswanath Bauri October 1, 2017 Thank you. ❤️ Reply Avery Legendre December 1, 2017 This was super helpful 🙂 thanks! Reply Susanne Lee December 18, 2017 Glad that I can have this video before my exam! Reply M. Kughtshubes January 24, 2018 hello to anyone watching this for dr flanigan's medieval art course Reply Kaeben February 7, 2018 The baby looks like he's about to fall from her lap. She isn't touching or interacting with him, which is odd. Reply EddieStyle February 26, 2018 OMG awesome channel! Thank you! Reply santolich March 18, 2018 This is just a perfect video on how to appreciate art. Really this is amazing. Are there any vids following this model done by yourselves which is stripped of all biographical and historical background? Anyway, many thanks and keep up your great job Reply pokerman837 April 17, 2018 this is such a great video!!! Reply Victoria Alice May 11, 2018 ………….. thank u Reply October Z June 14, 2018 This would help me alot with my exam! Thank you guys so much！ Reply Sandy Tree August 23, 2018 Now we only need a video on how to analyze abstract art 🙂 Reply Charlie Lesole August 24, 2018 subscribed….Thank you Reply iDEnTiTy September 17, 2018 19 blind people disliked this Reply Tony Crony September 24, 2018 Wassup my BC niggas watch this at 2.0 speed for BS Experience Fuuhck Reply Tony Crony September 24, 2018 What if Jesus’ niggas made a ur mom joke? Lil nigga finna get smote. Reply stephanie bernard September 27, 2018 All the things they're not concerned about are the ones that interested me the most… Reply Lexa Terrestrial October 2, 2018 these guys are nerding tf out. So much info Reply Howard Wiggins October 18, 2018 I was skeptical when the presenters dismissed history and iconography. But the analysis of the composition was incredible. Thank you. Reply SoySauceEgg October 25, 2018 Watching this for a history class and I am surprised at how much people look into art (O_o) I just look at the painting and decide whether its pretty or not (OwO) Reply Mojo Jim October 26, 2018 The contrast between almost every edge of her blue garment and what is next to it looks artifical. Look at 8:41. The blue triangle versus the red sleeve. Reply Stephanie McKenzie October 28, 2018 Super helpful for my art composition class, thanks! 🙂 Reply II echo II November 6, 2018 This was way too complicated for my very simple mind. Like me: painting. Nice.You guys: Look at that cloud, it’s lighter and has less detail. Look at how the buildings are rectangular. Look at the leaves. Look at the line of her shoulder, hand and the babies body. Her weird hand pose. The corner of the squared—If this isn’t talent idk what is Reply Matt Esses November 21, 2018 What’s the name of the intro song Reply NC9 Cortez December 9, 2018 Thank you… Reply clearvoiceful December 22, 2018 What does that crow on the tree symbolize? Reply Melody Davis January 29, 2019 Nicely done, Drs. Zucker and Harris! Recommended! Reply Kenny Westone February 4, 2019 This is my fifth year on Academy of Arts, unfortunately I had only one professor who could describe paintings and artwork as these two art historians can. You are rare people, I appreciate every one of your videos, thank you for the knowledge you provide. Reply jordan February 13, 2019 What if the artist was still alive was like “hell, I just painted it. Wasn’t even thinking about all that.” Reply PJ Abad February 13, 2019 This channel is a gift to humanity. It aint snobby or pseudo-intellectual-ish, instead the videos have passion and knowledge and respect for the audience and the artform which some channels dont have. Thank you for this. Reply Cynthia Pereira February 14, 2019 Fantastic introduction to visual analysis! So concise and well done, and just over 9 minutes! Reply Alex Smith February 25, 2019 Hi! I would really like to know a bit more about pattern and why it clashes with the three dimensionality of the painting. Reply liammurphyvideo March 4, 2019 So far in my first year in post-secondary I've written two historical essays, and through no prior association, I happened to watch a video of yours for each, both of which put me on the right track. Great job guys, and thank you. Reply Omar Sangiovanni March 13, 2019 🙂 Reply Healoz March 13, 2019 Okay is it just me or does the guy sound like Mr Jefferson from Life is strange Reply Alice Fremont April 8, 2019 Thanks so much for this video, as a student in the history of arts, (in France, but it doesn't matter) it is very helpful ! Do you have one that explains how to analyse the first points that are mentioned at the begining ? I have searched on the channel but did not find one. Reply Kara Kellett April 21, 2019 This was incredibly helpful! Thank you! Reply andrewdorie June 13, 2019 Thank you for the great videos, you two. I have a quick question for you (or anyone in your audience) about differentiating between composition and pictorial space. You discussed the dynamic between the angles in the figures' heads as part of the composition but the orthogonal lines in the field as part of the pictorial space. Both discussions identify geometrical patterns. Is the difference between the two the element of depth? That is, if you were talking about the relationship between Mary and the human figure resting in the background, would you discuss their locations in pictorial space because they exist at varying depths in the world of the painting or would you discuss their arrangement in the composition because they exist at varying places in the scene? Would I be wrong to discuss both in separate discussions, i.e. in regards to separate interpretations? Also, since Mary's eye-line is so much higher than the other figure's eye-lines and she is taller than the horizon, would you say this painting employs the hieratic scale–specifically in a way that exemplifies the presence of a religious figure? I've been fascinated for a long time with Mughal, Ottoman, and Persian miniatures and often find in them both radical manipulations of hieratic scale and repetition of color create what seem like obvious spectrums of holy/important figures–perhaps not unlike this Bellini painting. Reply The Art History Happy Hour June 29, 2019 absolutely brilliant! Coming from a background in cultural history, I usually find myself more drawn to the context surrounding works of art, rather than technical analysis. this is super helpful for me! Reply Jessica Hughes July 10, 2019 Wow this was so helpful thank you! Reply Kitayo August 6, 2019 How does ones brain comprehend all this? Great video btw~ Reply Yoda loves Luke August 11, 2019 I like how she says "diagonal" 🙂 Reply spanixtan spanixtan August 29, 2019 Clear and painstaking lesson. I will try to incorporate more of these elements to the structure of my own analyses, which sometimes lack some of them, are looser as formal structure regards: I focus on content and put these technical issues at its service.Thank you. Reply Rlou Garcia September 8, 2019 This video helped me a lot. It teaches me how each element of arts works in a particular art. Reply Add a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. 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