Tag Archives: Visual arts

John Ruskin, Giotto, and William Henry Fox Talbot

This post continues my Story Structure series. Scenes from the Life of Christ: 10. Entry into Jerusalem (1304-6) by Giotto (Click pictures to enlarge) For those readers who are puzzled why I’ve posted so many entries about old art but … Continue reading

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Jan van Eyck — The Arnolfini Wedding

This post continues my Story Structure series. The Arnolfini Wedding (1434) by Jan van Eyck The Arnolfini Wedding (Detail) (1434) by Jan van Eyck The Arnolfini Wedding (Detail) (1434) by Jan van Eyck The Dead Christ (c. 1490) by Andrea … Continue reading

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Sassetta (approximately)

This post continues my Story Structure series. What does it mean to tell a story? I think one of the valid reasons that people often stress 3-act structure in screenplays is that it’s one way of making sure that we … Continue reading

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de Hooch and Matisse

This post continues my Story Structure series. Three interrelated paintings (the comparison between the first two is suggested in Modern Art by Sam Hunter and John M. Jacobus). A Dutch Courtyard (1658-1660) by Pieter de Hooch The Piano Lesson (1916) … Continue reading

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Perugino and Raphael

This post continues my Story Structure series. Here are three similar paintings: Christ Delivering the Keys of the Kingdom to Saint Peter by Pietro di Cristoforo Vannucci (1445?-1523), called Perugino

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Two Frescoes, by Giotto and by Taddeo Gaddi

This post is the second in a new series, Story Structure. In this entry, I write about two Renaissance frescoes with the same title, and try to relate them to the idea of story structure — or, especially screenplay structure, … Continue reading

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Pieter Brueghel and W.H. Auden

This post begins a new series, Story Structure. Pieter Brueghel, Landscape with the Fall of Icarus You know what “they,” the screenwriting gurus and the Hollywood suits, tell us: “Icarus is your main character. Keep focus on him. Make sure … Continue reading

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