Monday, March 31, 2014


Between to the 6th to the 11th centuries AC. Is called The Dark Ages.  In this time, Art was alive mainly in the monasteries. In the 5th century AD. barbarian tribes from northern and central Europe wandered over the continent.           

These people produced very strong pattern on his art. They were dabbler in designs of dragons and birds.
The best of Celtic and Saxon art is found in manuscripts of the 7th and 8th centuries. Book illumination and miniature painting, practiced since late Roman times, increased in the middle Ages.

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Gold, silver and bright colors were used. Very little wall painting survives from the middle Ages. There were several great series of frescoes painted in churches built during the Romanesque period (11th-13th centuries). But most of them have disappeared.

File:Wilton diptych.jpgA page from an Italian manuscript shows elaborately decorated initials and a finely detailed marginal scene of Saint George slaying the dragon. The colors are brilliant and jewel-like, as in stained glass, and gold shimmers over the page. . Artists probably used magnifying glasses to do such intricate work.

-Elena Gutierrez

From Wikipedia
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Friday, March 14, 2014


The importance to understand the color, first is understanding the light.

Light is usually defined as that portion of the electromagnetic spectrum visible to the average human eye. It is commonly called “visible light” and subdivided into seven major colors—red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. Visible light lies on the electromagnetic spectrum in between infrared and ultraviolet light.

The objective components of color are: a source of radiant energy, a medium through which that energy travels, and an object. That absorbs and reflects different portions of the light spectrum.

The subjective components of color are:

The response to the reflected light- the cones and rods in the retina of the eye-and the brain that interprets the information received as color and generates sensations in response to that information. The optic nerve carries visual information from the cones and rods to the visual cortex of the brain, where the experience of color is made conscious and human emotions, associations, and memory are generated.

-Elena Gutierrez.

Adapted from the lecture “The Physics and Chemistry of Light and Color” by Daniel Barber.