Words of Wisdom:

"let people beleive you are stupid rather than open your mouth and remove all doubt" - Poin_dexter


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CH. 5: Evaluate the white-ground vase painting technique and its uses.

White-ground vase painting became popular toward the middle of the 5th century BCE (134).   The white-ground vase painting technique involves using clay slip, which is a chalky white color, in order to provide a background for figures painted on vases. Once the vase was covered with this white slip, the painter would outline the figures and fill them with diluted colors.   They would apply brown, purple, white, and red, and send them into the kiln to be fired. Meanwhile, if they wanted to use other colors, they had to apply it after the vase was fired, because the Greeks didn't know if the color could withstand the heat from the kiln.   The colors used were short-lived; therefore they were only applied to long-term vessels (such as lekythos), and not everyday items such as cups or kraters.   The white-ground vase painting technique was often used for lekythos, which were common among Greek graves, and were often used for funerary purposes.   They were offerings to the deceased, and were decorated with a scene that was appropriate for its purpose.   I believe the white-ground technique along with different designs painted over it would really emphasize the shape of a vase.

CH. 6: What are the Ajanta caves and why are they important?

The 28 Ajanta caves, which are located in India, are caves painted and carved with Buddha imagery.   These images could be created with clay, straw, lime, and other materials, or could be carved out of a mountainside.   The caves contain elaborate relief sculptures and fresco-like paintings.   The different themes of the caves relate to the everyday life of Buddha, and Jataka tales.   Since the materials they used were not very advanced, this incredible art has suffered from a lot of water damage.   These Ajanta caves are/were incredibly important because they were used as prayer halls by Buddhist monks and for other religious practices.   I wonder how they were able to...


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