Art in Chester All about Detail! – Art In Chester

All about Detail!

Have a look at the following paintings, from different periods of Art History.

Ask yourself the question: What level of detail is used in each painting?

Caravaggio, Saint Catherine of Alexandria, 1598, the light is so delicate in paintings by Caravaggio. Description from pinterest.com. I searched for this on bing.com/images

Caravaggio, Saint Catherine of Alexandria, 1598, the light is so delicate in paintings by Caravaggio.

:Painted by John Constable, c.1826  Parham's Mill, Gillingham -From the… 

  Painted by John Constable, c.1826 Parham’s Mill, Gillingham

Korean historical drama | Woman at the garden - Pierre - Auguste Renoir, 1873, 54.61 x 65.41, oil on canvas, Private Collection

Woman at the garden – Pierre – Auguste Renoir, 1873, 54.61 x 65.41, oil on canvas

Gustav Klimt: Italian Garden Landscape, 1913

Gustav Klimt: Italian Garden Landscape, 1913

Paula Rego. The Soldier's Daughter, 1987. Acrylic on paper on canvas, 213.4 x 152.4cm

Paula Rego. The Soldier’s Daughter, 1987. 

 

The answer is not too much! No matter the time in which the painting is created the

artist retains an understanding of a sense of distance. We do not see very close up

detail  unless we are viewing something up close. This is normally represented in a study

where something is closely observed, for example in a botanical study.

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Also, an artist can choose how much exacting detail they wish to represent

(look at Caravaggio then Renoir) depending on the style of painting.

Amateurs not only tend to enlarge detail but also place to much importance on it. 

It is better to give equal weight to all considerations when painting and not too dive 

in to detail to quickly.

 

 

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