Reading a painting | Composition

How to read a painting | Composition

Read a painting is a process with several elements.

Author: Yolanda Silva

Having always as a base the historical data that can be collected through parallel research, we can list, then the elements of visual analysis that assist us in the formal analysis process. Note that the elements here exposed are examples that should be tailored to the specific needs of each piece in question.

The steps for the formal analysis are.

1. Identification;

2. Technical data;

3. Theme;

4. Function;

5. Structure (basic and essential considerations);

6. Composition.

The composition

It refers to the organization of the parts that make up the whole which is the pictorial structure itself. It concerns the analysis of colours, lines, volumes, light, etc. Let’s see a little about it in the presentation that follows.


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