The Good Life Class
April 4, 2020
April 4, 2020

Art history & visual studies

AHVS 121 Understanding Visual Communication Winter 2020 Assignment 2

This week’s assignment considers issues involved with physical, spatial and cultural context focussing on a case study involving two portraits by Leonardo da Vinci as displayed in an exhibition at the National Gallery London. Please note, I am not asking for biographical research on Leonardo, or for discussion of his other paintings.

The goals of the assignment are to:

1) to consider the issues and concerns of curating a display

2) to consider the differences between historical and ahistorical (whether thematic or revisionist) modes of display

3) to consider one’s own reception of the given artworks and to consider how others might experience them

Based upon the concepts and examples from lecture and tutorial, and considering how spatial circumstances affect viewer experience, discuss the choices for the display of these two portraits. Basic questions to consider might include:

What kind of narrative is being created by the arrangement of the portraits? Why does this matter? How might the viewer experience this part of the exhibit? What other associated circumstances might also be factors? Would you arrange them this way? Why or why not? What are some other ways in which the images could have been arranged? What are the implications of these choices?

Minimum 750 words, due to me by email as an attachment to Before Monday January 27, 2020 at 3:30PM. Please see course outline for important details on how to format & submit assignments.


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