The Three Walking Men Repetition

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actin influences are held in check by opposing forces,” has two categories: symmetry or asymmetry. Giacometti’s piece displays symmetric balance because if the figure were cut in half where the middle man is, both sides would look alike. Symmetrical balance is defined as, “the near or exact matching of left and right sides of a three-dimensional form or a two-dimensional composition,” a definition which exactly fits The Three Walking Men. Along with balance, The Three Walking Men also has the design principle of repetition. Repetition is usually used in art to express a sense of unity making the art more visually appealing. In this sculpture, the slender long figure is repeated three times and turned at different angles. This use of the same figure makes the sculpture seem more unified and flow better than if the figures’ bodies were in nonuniform positions. The use of repetition really adds to the piece and without it, the sculpture would look almost…show more content…
The style was known to be extremely spiritual, more realistic, and emotional. Catholics encouraged this art style because of their fight against the Protestant reformation hoping they it would return art to its traditional religious roots. Though I could not find any specific reason why Paolo made this art, I would assume it had something to do with the Protestant Reformation going around during this time. A social issue within the church which created a dynamic divide between those who believed salvation was granted by good works and those who believed salvation was attained by faith. The Protestants, the leaders of this movement who believed in salvation through faith, hoped to reform the Roman Catholic Church. This piece created by Paolo de Matteis depicts the nativity scene
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