Lets start with the Vitruvian man.
Anatomy means cut-up.
Drawing the ideal-like the universe. Science, Ideal proportions, body, architecture, planets.
Museum of wax figures of the body, in the Duke of Tuscany’s House. Open to all people. Women shown as an object to be looked at.
Up to the 19th century most bodies that were cut up were bodies of criminals or those that had died. They were said to be evil bodies.
The museum’s figures laid the foundations for Italian horror films.
Emotions shown on the face. Reading the body and what it means. Use of photography.
James Crichton-Browne 1869 He was interested in madness and mental disorders. He worked in an asylum and studied mental disorders.
Bodyworlds, and exhibition of bodies that have been preserved with plastic, they are 100% real.
Skylab has the Vitruvian man on their logo.
Donatello’s David (1430) was the first full length male statue.
Michaelangelo’s David (1501-1504) had taller proportions which made it look more beautiful which brought it closer to god and the ideal types. It was said to be a reflection of the beauty of the soul. It’s nude because it’s an idealised individual, he doesn’t need clothes. No clothes=closer to God.
Raphael The Three Graces.
Franceso Goya-The Naked Maja
The Clothed Maja
It seems to me that to stop people being outraged at the painting he just painted clothes onto her body, except that her feet are at a slightly different angle.
Derrick Cross 1982 (Idealised Body,Not showing the face)
Patti Smith By Robert Mapplethorpe 1976
Cindy Sherman Recreated Rennaissance Paintings.
We also got shown some live art, such as the work of Heather Cassils, who is a female extreme body builder who holds poses for a long time to show the stress on her body.
And the weird Ron Athey who uses spears to impail himself, this I did not like to watch so cannot write much about it.
I did like this lecture, especially the start because the old renaissance art has always inspired me in my photography and back when I did art at college. I really love learing about the history of things, so to learn about the history of how the figure was interpreted was really interesting.
In my opinion intimate and private are both the same thing, I think if something is intimate it should be kept private between the people. Intimacy brings to mind a relationship between two or more people, and I wouldn’t want to see photographs of them being close. This is something people should keep private as it is special, like hugging or kissing.
Photographs form a small but significant part of Horsfield’s practice. Most of his recent works were made as part of collaborative social projects. As with much of his work, they are concerned with how we stand in relation to one to another, how relation, constantly in flux, determines community and how individuality is inextricably bound to relation, rather than alienation or separation. Horsfield integrates elements that are usually given over to politics, philosophy and ethics, so that art forms only one element among others in a complete thought process.
The photographers we looked at in this lecture all managed to talk their way into getting more intimate portraits of people. This makes the people in the pictures seem human, even if they are celebrities. But just photographing someones face, even if you have talked to them to get to know them, I wouldn’t say this is an intimate moment. An intimate moment is one spent with loved ones or family.