SCALE AND PROPORTION
Human proportion is used to make the people look realistic. The child is significantly smaller than the other two people and off to the side, signifying less importance.
The woman in the center is the main focus, made with careful proportions to look appealing. The farther the people in the back are, the smaller they are proportionally when compared to the main woman.
The larger man is the main focus. He is proportionally larger than the other characters and everybody is looking towards him.
The movement of this piece is towards the left, which is where the tallest figure (and possibly the most important figure) is. This is an example of hierarchical scale.
The standing man is wider and taller and takes up more space. The focus is on the man who is standing up. The use of color and size shows his importance. Also, the other character is looking up to him
This hierarchical scale does not indicate that larger is more important. The baby is the most important because he is in the center and everyone is looking to him. Sometimes, smaller is more important
Strict proportional ratios are needed in buildings. This monumental scale communicates importance and structure.
There is no set scale or proportions in this piece. The artist used random sized objects to create a bold statement and convey a lack of order.
The figure on the left is more important than the one on the right. He is twice the size and is leaning over him. The author used a disproportional size of the two characters to show importance of one
The sculptor most likely used the proportional ratio of 1:1.618 to make the man appear more realistic.
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LIFE Photo Collection
Museo Nacional de Arte
Yale Center for British Art
Corning Museum of Glass
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