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    Director The Brothers Quay Producer Keith Griffiths Executive Producer Writer Roger Cardinal Camera The Brothers Quay Editor The Brothers Quay Narrator Witold Schejbal Animator The Brothers Quay Music Composer Leszek Jankowski Art Consultant Roger Cardinal Sir Ernst Gombrich Researcher Addl Credits Cast Synopsis Animation techniques elucidate the illusional art of anamorphosis a method of visual distortion whereby an image is presented in confused and distorted form When looked at from a different angle or in a curved mirror the distorted image appears in normal proportions Using a puppet as master of ceremonies the animators demonstrate the basic effects of anamorphosis and reveal the hidden meanings that lurk within During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries the practice of creating anamorphic images was an outgrowth of artists experiments with rendering perspective Artworks featured here include a chair by Jean Francois Niceron c 1638 two wooden puzzle pictures by Erhard Schon c 1535 an anonymous painting of saints c 1550 the fresco Saint Francis of Paola 1642 by Emmanuel Maignan in the cloister of Santa Trinita dei Monti in Rome and the painting The Ambassadors 1533 by Hans Holbein the younger A film by animators Timothy and Stephen Quay and art historian Roger

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    Addl Credits Graphic Des Sarah Abram Asst Camera Olivier Benoist Cast Synopsis Prologue to film The cathedral reveals itself through constant transformation Constructed in multiple campaigns victim of multiple structural disasters it remains unfinished even today Saint Peter s of Beauvais was begun in 1225 by a proud bishop who claimed to serve only the Apostle A violent confrontation with the townsfolk and the king of France unseated the bishop and imposed a temporary halt on construction Finished by 1272 the choir was increased in height transcending all previous cathedrals Its proportions dimensions and extraordinary luminosity match the description of the Celestial City in the Book of Revelation and her light was like unto a stone most precious even like a jasper stone clear as crystal Stephen Murray A wordless celebration of a gothic cathedral the camera is constantly in motion shaping perception through movement as it explores the soaring space of the interior and the imagery of the stained glass windows The camera images are presented in a sequence that parallels that of the cathedral s construction Aerial cinematography reveals the structural details of Beauvais s weathered flying buttresses and situates it in the landscape A film by director Richard Greenberg and architectural historian Stephen Murray Genre Film Visual Essay Aud Grade Level General Suggested Uses General Information Subject Headings Architecture Gothic Cathedrals Europe France Beauvais 13C Assoc Concepts Space Artist s Name Artist on Camera No Reviews Awards Intl Film TV Festival of New York Gold Medal 1988 Evaluation A visual poem easy to look at with a flow of time feeling of just letting the camera explore Beautifully captures the amazing light and laciness of the structure internally and externally its transcendent Gothic lift In aerial shots outside you can see that it s unfinished How sad

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    l Sources Director Anita Thacher Producer Anita Thacher Executive Producer Writer Ann Sargent Wooster Rina Swentzell Camera John Kraus pottery Jack Parsons New Mexico Editor Nina Shulman Nancy Kennedy Narrator Stan Hirson Animator Music Composer Vito Ricci Art Consultant J J Brody Researcher Addl Credits Commentator Rina Swentzell Add l Writing Celia Pearce Add l Music Alvin Lucier Cast Synopsis Presents the painted pottery bowls of the Mimbres a Native American people who lived in the isolated mountain valleys and hot deserts of southwestern New Mexico until their culture died out in the twelfth century Their pottery art flourished during the years 950 to 1150 Discovered in the late nineteenth century the ancient pottery is decorated with images that depict the daily lives of the Mimbres their physical landscape and their spiritual beliefs Concentrates on some of the major aesthetic aspects of Mimbres pottery painting such as the challenge of the concave hemispheric picture surface and the ambiguous play of pictorial dualities motion stillness white black top bottom Mobile prop tables and carefully choreographed camera movements were used to elucidate the three dimensional pictorial qualities of the painted bowls Includes voice over commentary by cultural historian Rina Swentzell a member of the Santa Clara Pueblo tribe A film by director Anita Thacher and art historian J J Brody Genre Film Documentary Aud Grade Level General Suggested Uses General Information Subject Headings Native American art Mimbres North America United States New Mexico 10C 11C 12C Decorative arts Ceramics Pottery North America United States New Mexico 10C 11C 12C Assoc Concepts Iconography Artist s Name Artist on Camera No Reviews AFVA Evaluations Summer Fall 90 Winter Spring 91 Art on Screen Close Ups Fall 92 Awards Evaluation Films the bowls in very dynamic ways constantly moving Soundtrack music and effects contributes to

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    commemorates the emperor s second tour of his southern empire in 1689 Painted by Wang Hui 1632 1717 and assistants it was executed before Western perspective was introduced into Chinese art Hockney contrasts the more fluid spatial depictions of this scroll with a later scroll painted by Xu Yang and assistants The Qianlong Emperor s Southern Inspection Tour 1764 1770 scroll four It illustrates the same tour but now taken by the Qianlong emperor grandson of the Kangxi emperor Influenced by Western perspective the Qianlong scroll presents the emperor in a single tableau whereas the Kangxi scroll depicts a continuous travel narrative filled with details of daily life in the towns and countryside along the route Reference is also made to the use of perspective in Capriccio Plaza San Marco Looking South and West 1763 by Italian painter Canaletto 1697 1768 A film by director Philip Haas and David Hockney Genre Film Criticism Aud Grade Level High School College University Adult Suggested Uses General Information Subject Headings Asian art Asia China 17C 1690D 18C 1760D Chinese art Qing Asia China 17C 1690D 18C 1760D Painting Chinese Asia China 17C 1690D 18C 1760D Aesthetics North America United States 20C Assoc Concepts Perspective Artist s Name Hockney David b 1937 British painter printmaker photographer collagist Xu Yang 18C Chinese painter Wang Hui 1632 1717 Chinese painter Artist on Camera No Reviews New York Times 13 Jan 93 Video Rating Guide for Libraries Winter 92 New York Times 10 Oct 91 Landers Film Video Reviews Winter 91 Library Journal 15 Nov 88 Booklist 15 Nov 88 Audiovisual Reviews 15 Nov 88 New York Times 15 Apr 88 Village Voice 22 Mar 88 New York Times 19 Mar 88 Village Voice 17 Mar 88 New York Times 11 Mar 88 The Sunday Times Magazine

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    Sir Ernst Gombrich b 1909 of the Warburg Institute University of London discusses the natural phenomenon of light and its representation in a wide range of Western European art Filmed in 1988 in Sir Ernst s London home where he shows us numerous objects and works of art to illustrate his points about how artists have depicted light In Part One on illumination Sir Ernst discusses the rendering of shadows and how the direction of the source of light creates different effects He shows examples of modeling and hatching techniques that enable the artist to depict the relationship between light and shade Passages from the notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci give insight into the artist s study of illumination Sir Ernst contrasts the soft lighting used by Leonardo with the dramatic lighting effects of Georges de La Tour He also comments on the representation of divine and natural light in a nativity scene by Rembrandt and the psychological effects of light in landscapes such as Jan Vermeer s View of Delft Many of the paintings shown were filmed from the originals in the National Gallery London A film by director Judy Marle and Sir Ernst Gombrich Gombrich Themes series Part 1 of 2 Genre Film Criticism Aud Grade Level General Suggested Uses General Information Teaching Subject Headings Aesthetics Europe Great Britain England 20C Assoc Concepts Light Perception Artist s Name Gombrich Sir Ernst Hans Josef b 1909 British art historian Artist on Camera No Reviews Awards Evaluation A serious attempt to sit at the feet of a great art scholar and capture the intimacy of a tutorial Intelligent and highly appropriate for the subject an excellent synthesis of form and content Eye opening in directing or focusing our vision of the world for example making us concentrate on the effects

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    of Western European art Filmed in 1988 in Sir Ernst s London home where he shows us numerous objects and works of art to illustrate his points about how artists have depicted light In Part Two on reflection Sir Ernst distinguishes between the objective character of illumination and the subjective character of reflection the way light is thrown back from a surface He points out examples of reflections and highlights in the works of various European painters including Pieter der Hooch Jean Baptiste Simeon Chardin and Jan van Eyck and shows how smooth surfaces such as mirrors bounce light while rough surfaces absorb light Sir Ernst demonstrates the strikingly different effects of reflection on concave and convex surfaces Seventeenth century Dutch still lifes reveal the artists virtuosity in depicting texture which is achieved by the degree of reflection on an object In the eighteenth century Watteau was a master of creating light effects on drapery Other artists such as Claude Lorrain excelled at representing the sparkle of sunlight on water Sir Ernst concludes with a reminder that the film medium resembles a transparency since the quality of the image depends on the intensity of light behind it Therefore it is important to study the original painting in order to experience the complete visual splendor as created by the artist Many of the paintings shown were filmed from the originals in the National Gallery London A film by director Judy Marle and Sir Ernst Gombrich Gombrich Themes series Part 2 of 2 Genre Film Criticism Aud Grade Level General Suggested Uses General Information Teaching Subject Headings Aesthetics Europe Great Britain England 20C Assoc Concepts Reflections Perception Artist s Name Gombrich Sir Ernst Hans Josef b 1909 British art historian Artist on Camera No Reviews Awards Evaluation Demonstrates that the old fashioned

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  • The Fayum Portraits
    The Fayum Portraits The Fayum Portraits Portrait of a boy Photo The Metropolitan Museum of Art gift of Edward S Harkness 1918 18 9 2 All rights reserved

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  • 1867
    Simon Sully The Execution of Maximilian A First version Gift of Mr and Mrs Frank Gair Macomber Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts Boston B Second version which survives in reassembled fragments Courtesy National Gallery London C Third version Courtesy Ny

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