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Title: Light and dark : a comparative analysis of selected painters based on tenebrism and chiaroscuro theory
Author: Rafee, Yakup Mohd
ISNI:       0000 0004 2726 337X
Awarding Body: University of the West of England, Bristol
Current Institution: University of the West of England, Bristol
Date of Award: 2011
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This study aims at an understanding of the function and representation of light and dark in painting and to make a systematic and comparative analysis of selected paintings within the tradition of chiaroscuro and tenebrism theory. How it is used and translated are core to the enquiry, which needs to be taken into consideration before and during the production of a painting. This research starts by looking at the broad history of chiaroscuro and tenebrism. This study will identify and analyze a small number of historical paintings to identify a clear basis for comparison. Based on this historical understanding, the study will focus into the effects of light and dark in three-dimensional illusionism technique and representational figure paintings. The comparative study will be based on three 17th century's artists namely Caravaggio, Georges de La Tour and Rembrandt. Based on the analysis and comparison through a methodology that I term 'deconstruction' (a technique which uses drawing as a medium), several new findings related to chiaroscuro and tenebrism have been identified. Through the analysis of few selected paintings, a comparative study is done in order to identify particular elements and approaches in the selected works with regards the academic canon view especially concerning their composition, space, mood and other technical aspects. Employing a trans-historical approach, I will reflect upon the practical and theoretical aspects of the actions, settings and narratives of selected artworks. Through critical enquiry and through a process of painterly reconstruction the various approaches to light and dark will be related to personal figurative painting practice. This practical study will covers the production of personal paintings which apply the understanding and techniques that been found from this research. To conclude, the research findings will be discussed through written argument and visual exposition of the contemporary relevance in traditions of tenebrism and chiaroscuro theory.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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