Activity 2B: Looking at Art
Symbolism in Art
Vanitas Still Life, 1603 (analyzed in the unit)
Jacques de Gheyn the Elder (Dutch, 1565–1629)
100 Cans, 1962 Andy Warhol (analyzed in the unit)
Dragon Pine, Wu Boli, ca. 1400 (Ming Dynasty) (analyzed in the unit)
Interactive Media that Describe Symbolism in Art
Adinkra Symbols of West Africa
This site contains an index of adinkra symbols. African symbols known as adinkra are ubiquitous in Ghana. These symbols are used frequently and can be found on cloth and walls, and in pottery and logos.
Carpet Hunt, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Look and Learn
Game about Carpet with pictorial design, Northern India, Lahore, late 16th or early 17th century.
Look for the Symbolism in the Sculpture, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Look and Learn
Analysis of Fudô Myô-ô, 12th century Japanese; late Heian period
Further Examples of Symbolism in Art
Allegory of Fortitude, Luca Giordano, early 1680s
The Annunciation Triptych, Robert Campin and Assistant, 1425
Portrait of a Lady, 1533, Agnolo Bronzino
Shazia Sikander: “Gods, Griffins, and Cowboy Boots”
The Red Studio at the MoMA offers an interview with the artist by teens at the Red Studio, as well as samples of Shazia Sikander’s work.
An introduction to his work
Activity 2C.1: Placement and Framing
Making a Viewfinder
About.com: Instructions on how to make a viewfinder