Principles of Design Exercise

screen-shot-2016-09-09-at-11-18-25-amAntoine Singlin, Philippe de Champaigne, 1646

Contrast is used to make the man the main focus of the painting. The painter uses bright colors to set him a part from the dark background. This makes the man stand out more.

Screen Shot 2016-09-05 at 1.14.43 PMThe Temptation of Saint Anthony, Lelio Orsi, 1570s

Emphasis is put onto the man wearing the white robe in this painting. The glow around him and the bright color of his robe makes him the focal point of the painting.

Screen Shot 2016-09-05 at 1.09.09 PMHead of a Woman, Michael Sweerts, 1654

Figure/ground is shown in this picture because the dark background clearly shows a lady in the painting. The fact that she is lighter than the background helps define her.

Screen Shot 2016-09-02 at 2.41.12 PMSaint Catherine of Alexandria and Twelve Scenes from Her Life, Donato d’Arezzo & Gregorio d’Arezzo, 1330

Unity is created in this painting because all the elements used are similar and they all relate to one another.

Screen Shot 2016-09-02 at 2.33.09 PMA Centennial of Independence, Henri Rousseau,  1892

Rhythm is shown amongst the flags around the people. The repetitive, colorful, triangular shapes create a sequence above the people’s heads in the painting.

Screen Shot 2016-09-02 at 1.54.20 PMInterior of the Laurenskerk at Rotterdam, Anthony DeLorme & Ludolf De Jongh, 1662

Symmetrical Balance is shown in this painting. The elements of design in this painting are the same on one side of the painting as they are on the other side.

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