Visit the Morgue of Composition Exericises link on the class web site.

Pick three paintings to analyze for the five controllable qualities and the three functions of stage lighting.

Write a paper detailing each of the qualities for each of the paintings as described below.

Paper Layout:

List the name of the painting and the artist.

Follow that with a description of each controllable qualitiy and objective. Use specific terms from class and describe fully.

Discuss how the lighting affects the composition if possible, again, using terminology we have studied.

Repeat this for the other two paintings.


Magdalene with the Smoking Flame

Contollable Qualities

Intensity: How bright or dim is each source, some discussion of value range.

Angle: Top, side, front, back, etc. where and to what effect

Color: This is the color of the light, not the pigments . . .

Texture: Again, this is of the light, not the objects . . .

Movement: Obviously, there is no movement in a still photo, but you can infer movement from a candle flame vs a light bulb, sunlight on water or through the leaves of a tree, etc. If there is not apparent movement, just say so.


Visibility: Describe what we can see and how that adds to or detracts from the image.

Selective focus: This can be related to visibility. Describe ho the lighting tells us where to look.

Mood: Describe how the mood of the painting is affacted by the lighting.

THETR 151:

Lighting Analysis of Paintings