Journal Entry #1

The Persian miniature pictured below shows an excellent use of lines. Excluding the writing on the sides, top and bottom, the lines are straight and form basic shapes such as rectangles. Within these basic shapes the artist includes either more shapes or inserts writing; framing them within the shape. The piece is asymmetrical, due to the fact that the boxes on the sides do not match each other or line up for that matter. The same thing goes for the rectangles on the top and bottom; the bottom is less wide than the top. The artist decided to go with darker shades of two main colors: blue and red. These darker shades being used on the canvas help for the different shape designs to “pop” off the page; giving a more lifelike feel to the image. The vast majority of the lines used for the woman are curvy rather than straight, giving the woman and smooth and balanced look. If you look closely at the plants surrounding her, you can see that the artist created many lines using simple brush strokes to make the leaves on the plants surrounding the woman

Saki_-_Reza_Abbasi_-_Moraqqa’-e_Golshan_1609_Golestan_Palace

Abbasi, Reza. Saki. 1609. Wikipedia. Wikipedia, 30 Aug. 2016. Web. 1 Sept. 2016.

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