Thursday, 8 December 2011
The best day of the year? It's difficult to pinpoint. I have had many little adventures around Edinburgh, besides with friends and my boyfriend in Italy. The day spent in Monteriggioni and Siena :) Or walking up to Loch Brandy and having fun by the lake... More days like that are sure to come.
I've discovered the domestic goddess in me, and achieved a healthy balance between academia, socialising and self maintenance. My flat is almost immaculate and the food I make is very enjoyable, plus healthy! Founding the Italian Undergraduate society, cycling and taking time for walking, cleaning the flat and pampering, besides socialising in many forms, salsa and yoga, I am becoming more and more self-confident. I am also realising what I want from life, even if the same issues are there, I am learning how to deal with them.
Life is no longer a mad rush, sure I can get emotional sometimes, but I am content and have learnt to take things more slowly. Despite this, I am achieving even better results than I have previously. :) Life is becoming interesting again.
...And if I could make a few positive changes for the future?
1. Be there for more people, stop delaying things when good things are offered on a silver plate.
2. Attend yoga more frequently.
3. Opt for a more relaxing holiday...
4. Be even more further ahead with my subjects... That is what the holidays are for, after all.
5. Read more for pleasure during term time. No more needs to be said, just very rewarding.
6. Keep knowing that distance isn't an obstacle forever.
Monday, 28 November 2011
- Chi is commonly found in questions, and, as such, it is an interrogative pronoun. It can function as the subject or as an indirect object or object of the preposition (complement indiretto): e.g. Chi vuole giocare con me? Chi ha fatto il bucato ieri? Da chi andiamo stasera? Con chi ti sei sposato?
- At this point, it bears much resemblance to French where the interrogative pronoun would be qui, meaning who.
How do we know if chi is the subject or the indirect object/object of the preposition:
1.when chi functions as an indirect object/object of the preposition, it will have a preposition before it (di, da, con, etc.).
2. the form of the verb can also be something other than the third person singular . Otherwise, when chi is the subject, the verb is always in the third person singular (see the first two examples above).
- Chi can join with di + tonic pronoun noi, voi or loro can have the meaning Which of in questions: e.g. Chi di noi e' piu' bravo, chi di loro vuole giocare con me?
- Chi di me (Which of me…) may be used if you’re being existential or philosophical (more likely to be observed in songs or poetry), but it’s generally used in the plural (noi, voi, loro).
- Note that chi can also function like this as a relative pronoun: Chi di voi vuole sapere piu' puo' mandarmi un messaggio.
- Di chi can mean whose when used to form a question: Di chi sono queste cose? Di chi e' questo gatto?
- NOTE that if there is an antecent, you should use cui. E.g. Alessia, di cui parlo molto, le piace molto i fiori. Elena, da cui sono andata ieri, ha una casa grande. Why? Because we know who the sentence is referring to.
Chi can also be used as a relative pronoun.
- It appears as a relative pronoun as either the subject OR an indirect object/object.
- Chi can mean: he person who, the one who
the man/woman who/whom
the people/those who/whom
someone who/somebody who
anyone who (in negative phrases)
- Chi does not require an antecedent and is often considered a “double pronoun” because it is both the antecedent and the relative pronoun simultaneously. Chi can also be preceded by prepositions in the following combinations: a chi, con chi, per chi, da chi, in chi, su chi, tra chi.
- The major difference between cui and chi is that chi does not require an antecedent, unlike che and cui. Since chi lacks an antecedent, it usually describes an unknown person or group of people.
- For example Devo trovare qualcuno chi puo' aiutarmi con questo compito. (qualcuno is somebody, an unknown, non specific person)
- Alternatively, if the person was known we should use che. Voglio trovare la mia amica Rossana che puo' aiutarmi con questo compito.
- Chi can also can anyone or whoever. e.g. Sposati chi vuoi, e' la tua vita.
- Chi can also mean 'some' or others when used like Chi... Chi. E.g. C'e' chi vuole sposarsi, chi vuole lavorare.
Try to avoid confusing the relative pronoun che with the conjunction che.
- 1. Che as a relative pronoun is used as a the direct object or the subject of the dependent clause: e.g. Hai trovato i guanti che volevo comprare? Hai trovato quelli che hai perso?
- At this point Italian grammar and French grammar can be easily muddled up. In french, qui is used as the subject whilst que is used as the direct object. We could easily just presume that qui translates literally as chi, que as che, but take care!
- 2. Che as an interrogative pronoun e.g. Che fai domani?
- 3. Or che as an interrogative adjective e.g. Che genere di libri preferisci?
- 4. Che as an indefinite pronoun can sometimes be used as a synonym for qualcosa di or qualche: C'era un che di strano nel bosco quel giorno.
- 5. Che can also be used as an exclamation: Che stronzo! Che bello! Che meraviglia!
- 6. Che can be used as a conjunction between comparatives. It is chosen over di when comparing:
- adjectives referred to a person or thing e.g. E' piu' bello che brutto.
- infinitives e.g. Correre e' piu' duro che camminare.
- nouns referred to a person or thing e.g. Ho piu' fame che sete.
- nouns or pronouns preceded by a preposition e.g. Mi sono divertita di piu' a milano che a roma.
- adjectives referred to a person or thing e.g. E' piu' bello che brutto.
- 7. Che can be used as a conjunction to introduce a consequence. E.g. Faceva cosi' freddo che nessuno voleva uscire.
- 8. Che can introduce a subjective or object clause. Credo che non ci sia un Dio.
- Che as a conjunction when it introduces a purpose (you must do something for a reason or to achieve a certain result) e.g. Va’ in macchina che non devi camminare fino al supermercato.
- 9. Che as a conjunction expresses a clause, as a synonym of perche' e.g. Devo scrivere il saggio che la scadenza e' domani!
- 10. OR che can act as a synonym for quando, expressing time. Vado a letto che il sole tramonta. Mi sveglio che il sole sorge.
Remember That in Italian relative pronouns are NEVER omitted, unlike in English e.g.
the frase more sophisticated, we could add that, I like the cat THAT I bought.
- Cui and che require noun antecedents. If there is no antecedent, quello can precede che. E.g. Quello che lei ha detto era la verita'. Also cosa is used without a antecedent. Cosa vuoi da me??
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Monday, 16 May 2011
For now, I want to discuss and consider potential themes for essay topics, not including those which have already been integral to essay questions. I'm also ditching Chinese art and Baroque, not for the key image study, but instead for the in depth lecture learning. Chinese, not because I don't find the work beautiful but because I thought the lectures were disorganised and I feel I too much lack the background to study it, including aspects of Chinese philosophy, religion, ideology. Baroque because, with some exceptions, I find it not to my taste. Thus I will be studying in depth Early Christian, Islamic, Netherlandish and Italian renaissance.
The development of the artist
Nicola Pisano. Classical virtues in Pisa baptisery, inscription tells us artist appreciated himself as a highly skillful artist.
Giovanni Pisano. Son of Nicola Pisano. Also inscribed works refers to himself as the best artist that had ever been, that would ever be.
Also signs of artist recognition-Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome.
Renewed Interest in antiquity, triumpth of the old over the new, bringing forth a new cultural identity whilst preserving the past, continuity. Also other themes including church authority.
5th century Jerome, interest in restoring antiquity.
-Increase of pagan elite, converting to christianity. Church gains more riches and capital.
-Casa dei Crescenzi, by Nicola Crescenzi. Spolia, for house.
-313-edict of Constantine. Tolerance toward christianity throughout empire.
-Major church building phase, Constantine builds St John the lateran, the basilica of Constantine, old st Peters. 4th century. Spolia used in buildings.
-Arch of Constantine-models himself upon better considered emperors Hadrian, Marcus Aurelius and Trajan. Use of spolia, continuity and yet triumpth of Christianity over past.
-figural representatives and Christ and related figures appear e.g. Mosaic of Santa Pudenziana late 4th century (site of previous 2nd century house of Pius), sarcophagus of Junius Bassus (baptised on death bed, Roman elite who died Christian-relief suggests triumph of christianity over paganism, christ being held up by Caelus, god of the heavens).
-Late 4th century, Paganism banned. Conversion forced, cryptopagans existance likely. Christianity made official religion
-Under Theodosius, christianity made state religion, last ruler to rule over eastern and western halves of empire.
-6th century Goth raids in Rome, emperors instead in Ravenna and Constantinople. To Christians-sign of sins and too much tolerance of paganism.
-incoporated pagan symbols, void of meaning.
-6th century Justinian, byzantine Ravenna-Maximian added Justinian panels, empress theodora opposite.
-Sant'Appolinare-Theodoric 6th century Ravenna.
-darker hughs, more solemn time? Repenting for sins of the past. Pope became a more prominant figure, sign of hope and redemption. Santa Cosma e damiano, Pope Felix IV. Donated portion of temple of peace and library to Pope. Depicted as a favour.
-Parousia, common and popular theme, repeated centuries later 9th century Santa Prassede also in Rome. Now Pope has a square halo, connecting him to earth=mediator. Representing the people. Pope Paschal I.
-Common theme, also same composition at Santa Cecilia in Trastevere. Both these 9th century mosaics use Spolia, as told to use by Titelus.
-Portunus temple 9th century and pantheon (now st Mary and martyrs, previously Julius Caesar) 7th century-rededication.
-pagan elements still used, though lifelike depiction replaced with need to evoke the immaterial. Flat images, encrusted with jewels, evoking bible to the illiterate. Other worldly.
Theodoric king of the Ostrogoths-pillaged spolia from Rome, took it to Ravenna. Sant'apollinare.
Charlemagne 8th-9th century -Carolingian king, King of the franks. Augustine coin. Bronze statuette, similar to 2nd century Marcus Aurelius statue. Globe, world domination. Given pallium, depicted with it in lateran by Pope Leo III. 800, declared holy Roman emperor. Pillaged spolia from Ravenna and from for his palace chapel at Aachen. Lorsch abbey, capitals similar to those in time of Septimus severus, 3rd century. Aachen, bronze door, door knob reminiscent of bronze Etruscan she wolf. Main shape of dome based on San Vitale.
Period also known as the carolingian renaissance.
-Einhard-biographer of Charlemagne, also artist. Base of a cross, triumphal arch sketch but replacing idea of emperor with ideology of christian empire.
-major period of translation of old texts
-Same aspirations. Testiment to greatness of roman empire, that so many intellectuals during the middle ages wanted to emulate it.
11th century so called lothar cross of emperor Otto 3rd
Spolia, cameo of Augustus (with eagle) and intralgio of Lothar.
-eagle and augustus retranslated to mean christ. Amathysts, emeraulds, saphires, spolia from previous empires. Succession of a whole over componant parts. Cross, as described by Constantine. Jewell encrusted.
12th century Casa dei Cascenze
Spolia, house in Rome built near ruins.
eagle vase of abbot Suger of st Denis.
-Porphyry amphora from ancient Egypt or Rome.
-wings, head and claws of an eagle added-gold-revelations-celestial city built of gold and jewels. Evokes Christ.
-Purple or porphyry used to be considered an imperial colour to Romans.
-Now blood of Christ?
-Eagle-empire, set free during apotheosis of a well considered emperor.
-Now eagle=Christ-thus Christian empire.
Ambrogio Lorenzetti-13th century.
Allegory of a good government.
Civic scene, fresco, classifying images and drapery.
-roman civic position-again testiment to continuity, civilisation based upon Ancient Rome.
-promising securitas, this is what you'll get if you're faithful and good citizens.
Frescos popular in Siena.
baptisery, Piso pulpit.
Clasical virtues. Marriage of gothic and classical. International gothic arches, classifying image of fortitude. Inspired Michelangelo's David, Bacchus in 16th century.
-inscribed work, appreciation of skill.
-his son giovanni also inscribed a work 'highly skillful' no mention to artistic creativity or personality.
Frederick II-Coin in style of Augustus, Cappuan gates, statue of self, likeness to 1st century statues of Jupiter. Busts-immortality. Castel del monte-classical and contemporary influences-sought eastern influence. 13 century king of sicily, crowned as holy Roman emperor.
Next to plan...
Artist as an individual
Increasing naturalism-the importance of sight
The Ghent Alterpiece
Patronage, courtly, private, personal.
Symbolism, attributes, personification
Society, heraldry, women in society, position of artist and patron in society.
A case study on Michelangelo or Leonardo. Cult of personality, fame.
Again, women's position in society. Not likely though as there was an essay based on society.
The human body, ignudi, images evoking spirituality such as Giovanni Busi's a portrait of a woman in the guise of st agatha 16th century. venus-venus or urbino and birth of venus, and a need to enforce social ideal that women should be obedient and chaste.
Christianity VS classics... what was acceptable? what was considered too much? Nudity, in a classical and then in a domestic context.
This section is too ecclectic too really define a subject for the exam. Hmpth.
Islam disapproves of human or animal representation in a religious context. Qur'ans are never illustrated; the ultimate artistic expression is to be found in sacred calligraphy and illumination, such as in the magnificent 'carpet pages' of the royal Qur'ans.
However, the image of the Prophet's ascension to heaven is often depicted in religious Islamic painting, particularly in Persian manuscripts. It is also often found in secular literature, as in this manuscript of the poems of the celebrated Persian poet Nizami.
According to tradition, the face of the Prophet Muhammad has been whitened out.
Friday, 13 May 2011
Wednesday, 11 May 2011
Quando la cinema da' l'ultimo film di harry potter? Il tredicesimo Luglio.