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“The Line. A Line is a basic element of art, referring to a continuous mark, made on a surface, by a moving point”

I wish to investigate how mark making and the use of the line has changed over the course of time from the renaissance era of Leonardo Da Vinci to artist Cy Twombly from the modern movement of Abstract Expressionism. I wish to explore the question of what has changed in our understanding of the line and mark making. I will look at the earlier historical work of Leonardo Da Vinci and compare and contrast them with Cy Twomblys. I will also look at the different movements they belong to and how these movements have changed the perception and our understanding of line. In order for me to do this it is important to understand Renaissance value systems and the contrast of Abstract Expressionism.

Different eras have changed the use of line the Renaissance era in Italy began a rebirth and did this by revisiting the classical Greek and Latin artistic traditions in order to change they had to study the golden age of the ancient Greeks and Romans. This rebirth started a departure from the themes of the middle ages and the religious influence, therefore starting a new value system for a more modern secular world

Abstract expressionism the post world war 2 Art movement is a much more unconventional way of mark making when compared with the historical renaissance era. A huge contrast of the works of abstract expressionism and the renaissance era is the fact that there is normally no real recognizable subject in this modern movement which is a polar opposite to the renaissance period. Leonardo studied everything so precisely and in so much detail it is insulting and incorrect to label him solely as an artist, he drew from so many subjects including anatomy, geology that he is more of an engineer then anything else and before he makes his markings so much study has gone into his work it was more of a science expressed through art based on the...
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