Portia Placino

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Ideological Divides and a Calm After the Storm

We now leave the Renaissance for a bit and focus on the next couple of centuries–17th to 18th centuries. There was an enormous upheaval and ideological divide during the Baroque … Continue reading

September 14, 2012 · Leave a comment

Further into the Renaissance and Mannerism

August was full of disruptions, rains, floods, and even illnesses. But hopefully, we leave all that now. As August ends, we also end our lessons in Renaissance. This time, we … Continue reading

August 30, 2012 · Leave a comment

Shifting towards the Renaissance

Last time, we talked about the relationship of art with the church. Particularly, how art expressed beliefs and predispositions of the church. Christian religion then was a new system of … Continue reading

August 2, 2012 · Leave a comment

Art and the Church Lecture

  Art and religion has a very complicated relationship, to say the least. In art history, art played a key role in the development of the church, more particularly a … Continue reading

July 26, 2012 · 2 Comments

The Art Object: Drawing and Painting

I find that students are often confused between the terms drawing and painting. They often use them interchangeably when discussing the visual arts. In the lecture on the art object, … Continue reading

July 11, 2012 · 4 Comments

What is Art History?

Teaching art history to students without proper grounding in the arts has been quite a challenge. Visual education in the Philippines is really weak. We don’t have the equipment, the … Continue reading

June 21, 2012 · Leave a comment

What is Art?

What is art? That is a simple question with a very complicated answer. For this week’s lecture, I will use my old lecture notes and give it a new twist. … Continue reading

June 20, 2012 · Leave a comment

Syllabi for 1st Semester, AY 2012-2013

I haven’t updated my blog in a while. I’ve been too busy with summer vacation here in the Philippines. As you’ve seen, I have been baking. Well, in a way, … Continue reading

June 12, 2012 · Leave a comment

Challenging the Ideas of Art

How do we view art? How do we define art? More importantly, how do we accept and challenge these ideas? From the movie Mona Lisa Smile and John Berger’s Ways … Continue reading

January 16, 2012 · Leave a comment

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