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ART 1213 / 1143 - Drawing I: Evaluating Images

Video for Exercise 3

In this video we look at two images of a work by Leonardo da Vinci to evaluate which is the better quality image. The images are also included in the box below for your reference. Video length: 13 minutes, 8 seconds. Your professor will provide you with the video password.

Which is the Better Quality Image?

Here you see two examples of images of da Vinci's Head of a Young Woman. Which image is the better quality image? A or B?  A is the first image, B is the second image. (By “better quality,” we mean the image that is the closest reproduction of the artist’s original work if we could see it in person at the museum or gallery where it "lives." We are not discussing personal preferences.) 

What criteria did you use to evaluate the images, or in other words, what is it that makes one better than the other? Remember to incorporate some of your art vocabulary as you think about this.

Leonardo da Vinci. Head of a Young Woman. 1475-1480. Metalpoint, pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, highlighted with white gouache, 281 x 199 mm. Gabinetto disegni e stampe degli Uffizi, Florence.

Polls for Exercise 3

Which image did you initially choose as the best quality image?
I chose image A: 21 votes (53.85%)
I chose image B: 18 votes (46.15%)
Total Votes: 39
Did you change your mind after considering where the images came from?
Yes, I changed my mind: 13 votes (30.95%)
No, I didn't change my mind: 29 votes (69.05%)
Total Votes: 42