Art history Guide

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Examples of Formal Analysis

Introduction to Art: Visual Analysis video via Films on Demand

Films on Demand offers several videos on formal analysis.

Introduction to Art: Visual Analysis is a 37 minute video that discusses art concepts like composition, texture, line, as well as the difference between description and analysis.

The Lichtenstein’s "Girl With Hair Ribbon" segment from "Abstract Expressionism and Pop: Art of the '50s and '60s" is an example of formal analysis.

Andy Warhol's piece Ten Lizes is analyzed in this clip from "Andy Warhol: Images of an Image."

Resources on Art Vocabulary

Art History uses a lot of specific terminology.   Use the following resources to get your bearings and learn about the terms you encounter:

Art History Web sites
Logging in to ARTStor
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