Principle of Emphasis

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Dress with Beaded Yoke, Unknown, 1880, From the collection of: Philbrook Museum of Art
Emphasis on the shoulders of the garment created through color contrast, echoing of horizontal line and shape repetition
Return of the Prodigal Son, Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn, 1663 - 1665, From the collection of: The State Hermitage Museum
Rembrandt uses light and contrast to draw our eye to this tender moment shared between father and son .
Colonel Acland and Lord Sydney: The Archers, Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1769, From the collection of: Tate Britain
the horizontal lines of the arrows and gentle rounding of the bows move our eyes to the right side of the image
Pancake Week, Boris Kustodiyev, 1916, From the collection of: The State Tretyakov Gallery
the contrast between light and dark create a clear emphasis here
Contrasts, Ekrem Yalçındağ, 2010/2011, From the collection of: İstanbul Museum of Modern Art
What is the effect of no emphasis? I find it unsettling!
Virgin Eleousa of Kykkos, Simon Ushakov, 1668, From the collection of: The State Tretyakov Gallery
repetition of rounded shapes draw our eye s to the virgin and Christ child.
The composition is overall very horizontal. However, the vertical movement of the central figure's arm creates a juxtaposition that draws our eye.
Bodhisattva Vajrasattva, 13th century, From the collection of: Rubin Museum of Art
The subtle gesture of the figure's hand placed over the heart creates a focal point.
The Kiss, Rahmi Aksungur, 2007, From the collection of: İstanbul Museum of Modern Art
When a pattern is interrupted, our eye is drawn.
Nan and Brian in Bed, New York City, Nan Goldin, 1983, From the collection of: MoMA The Museum of Modern Art
Light plays a key role in emphasis here.
The birth of Venus, Sandro Botticelli, 1483 - 1485, From the collection of: Uffizi Gallery
Central placement , the shape of the shell and the diagonal lines created by the two figures flanking her make Venus the clear emphasis here
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