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Category September 22

Representation of the Real World–More than just the mechanics of painting

Mimesis–the mimicry or imitation of the real world in art (a representation of our planet/nature)–was a topic that interested me. As a hobby, I like painting and drawing during my free time, and when I do, it is often of… Continue Reading →


Mimesis is in essence mimicry. In the lecture, the speaker mentioned the use of Mimesis in Art, as a specialized field. However, I would have to disagree with the idea that it is a specialty. I believe that all art… Continue Reading →


Veronique Plesch’s speech on Mimesis altered the way in which I typically think about art. Mimesis, in art, is imitation — reimagining the physical, external world to reflect different perspectives. Though its scope is broad, Mimesis in the context of nature represents a… Continue Reading →

This week’s lecture was particularly interesting to me, given my background as a studio art major. I have learned about the Italian Renaissance from an art history perspective, but I have never heard the term mimetic used in the in-depth… Continue Reading →

Artistic Choice in Religious Painting

One function of mimesis, realism in Renaissance art, was to make paintings more emotionally resonant.  Instead of the flat faces of people in many earlier paintings, the people shown in Renaissance art have more realistic appearances and faces skillfully depicting… Continue Reading →


Many different things come together to form a piece of art. The definition of art has changed throughout the years. Throughout time, people have questioned what makes art; is art just an imitation of nature or does it demonstrate internal… Continue Reading →


Mimesis in Greek means imitation. In Renaissance art it was the act of reproducing reality in sculpture, paintings, and theater arts. In her talk, Professor Plesch used a couple of key ideas and pieces of art to showcase how Renaissance… Continue Reading →

Nature and Art

This week’s lecture was centered on the representation of nature in art, specifically in the Renaissance period. The part of the lecture that I found most interesting was the section that discussed the use of geometry and its principles to… Continue Reading →

Artwork as a window to the past

I thought it was interesting to think that paintings and artwork can be a glimpse into past. They can reveal how people of that time thought of the world. While artistic style in general has evolved over the decades, there… Continue Reading →

The Art of Nature

Albrecht Dürer, a German Renaissance artist drew the “Great Piece of Turf” in 1503. Nowadays, the small watercolor painting might not seem that unusual because we are used to photographs of flora and fauna that capture the exact object within… Continue Reading →

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