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A critique of a work of Art

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Thus, this is the only part of the drawing which is not rounded. The texture of the drawing is such that Da Vinci depicts the actual texture of the fetus in the womb, which would be soft and pliable, through his use of light, color and darkness. Da Vinci was the first artist to describe how the use of light and dark can portray three-dimensional figures, as this figure is (Mamassian, 1998, p. 288). The inside of the womb, which would have a soft texture is portrayed softly as well, and Da Vinci designs his linear formations to reflect this.

The flesh of the baby, which would also be soft, but, perhaps, not as spongy as the inside of the womb, is depicted by the use of lines, the light and the dark contrasting to show the softness of the flesh. These lines denote the pliability of the flesh. The value of the artwork also depicts the texture of the subject matter, as the light and the dark are entirely used to depict the texture of the womb and the fetus.

The color of the drawing is varying shades of black and grey, with the grey portions of the drawing depicting the light of the drawing, and the black depicting the dark of the drawing. As for the balance of the drawing, it is slightly off balance, in that the right side of the drawing is more pronounced than the left side. The right side has the largest part of the womb and the fetus inside. The left side, on the other hand, only contains a small part of the womb and the blood vessels that line this part of the womb.

Therefore, the point of emphasis is clearly on the right side of the painting, in particular the round head of the baby. The eye is clearly drawn to this part of the drawing. The harmony of the drawing is such that it is slightly inharmonious because of the emphasis on the right side of the painting, as opposed to the left side. That said, the overall effect of the drawing denotes harmony, as the drawing is pleasing to the eye, and the light and the dark are in harmony in that neither the light nor the dark overwhelm the other.

In other words, the drawing is 50% light and 50% dark, which gives the drawing a very harmonious feel. Thus, the use of contrast also contributes to the harmony of the drawing. The contrasts are used to depict the texture of the object, and the body is equal contrasts of light and dark. The womb is more dark than light, but the contrasts are used to depict the three dimension of the womb.

The outside of the womb is almost all light towards the top, and dark towards the bottom.

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