A few summaries, lists, binary couplings, and silly mnemonics to gently reinforce knowledge and understanding of the arts, sciences, and humanities:
Very very short history of early man:
This one's painful but, perhaps for that reason, almost unforgettable:
'Lipids aint fun. Their O to H aint 2 to 1'
Some gauzy contrasts:
- Impressionism :: Post Impressionism ... Fleeting :: Permanence
- Rationalism :: Empiricism ... Deductive :: Inductive
Said in a whiny voice:
'Species change over time, Cuvier.'
Because they kinda sorta rhyme:
- Genus Linnaeus
- Vesalius the Anatomist
- Leuwenhoek the Microscope
- Evolution Hutton
Using math to prove his heliocentric hypothesis.
Classicism vs. Romanticism:
- objective vs. subjective
- Inspiration: Greco-Roman vs. medieval-folk-dream-exotic
- reason vs. imagination
That crazy unconscious:
Schelling knew it was there and that it was big, but Freud mapped it.
Three noteworthy characteristics of DaVinci's paintings:
- mysterious landscapes
- atmospheric perspective
- scientific study of facial gestures
Victorian glimpse of the alienation and disillusionment of the modern world:
Matthew Arnold's Dover Beach
A few critical perspectives:
- Structuralism: relative difference
- New Criticism: all interpretations are equal
A mnemonic to help remember three of the main themes of the romantic period:
'I freely express my feelings as I commune with nature because I am a visionary genius'
Ancient Athens was democratic, but what was missing?
The social contract: The Magna Carta, The Constitution
Heard of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood but not quite sure what they admired so much before Raphael?
'Twas the detailed depictions of nature.
Thus ends this brief sampler.
Coming soon: Part 2.