We will consider the illusion of reality in the fine arts. (p.157)

The illusion of reality in art is in fact communicated by series of learned conventions and artistic devices rather than by the faithful reproduction of the natural world itself. (p.157)

Why different artist form different periods have represented the same visual reality in so many different way. (p.157)

Knowing, indeed, came before seeing. (p.162)

The iconology of fine art is most apparent in figurative work. (p.172)

an understanding of the economic, political and artistic context in which a text is produced helps elucidate the ideology behind the text, even though the information is not drawn from an analysis of the text itself. (p.173)

Each investigates the extent to which the subject-matter and so is more useful to some types of fine arts than others. (p.173)

Hermeneutics certainly helps us to understand the fine arts as human experience made visual. (p.173)


  • Howells, R. (2003). Visual culture / Richard Howells. Cambridge, UK : Malden, MA: Polity ; Blackwell.
  • Ssireum (Korean Wrestling) by Hong-do Kim, Korean painter in 18th century. Download from the global EBS. <http://global.ebs.co.kr/files/about/files/board/5/old/504984.jpg>

2 Replies to “ARTGR520x.Reading#4.FineArts”

  1. One thing I find interesting about this painting is how Ssireum was able to make simple, subtle changes to each person (e.g. added smile lines, raised eyebrows, tilted chin up) that resulted in a multitude of emotions portrayed by each person in his painting. I also find it interesting that Ssireum chose not to include any sort of context. There is no background, vegetation, or anything to reference where these people are… And I actually like this aspect of this image, because it allows the viewer to place these people wherever they see fit. Overall, I’d say this artist took a minimalistic approach to representing a scenario, which I always think is cool. Ssireum successfully used just lines and a few colors to create an event with multiple people, emotions, and actions. Huiwon, I appreciate you referencing the images, but I want to know how they make you feel, what they make you think, and how you believe they relate to this section of Visual Culture.

  2. This piece is very interesting because, while not specifically, it gives context of time and place. An activity/sport that I can only assume is imbedded in the culture along with the style of illustration helps give context to the scene. It is not meant to be realistic but the activity with the viewers and the athletes is part of the culture and true to maybe not everyday life but definitely a common experience.

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