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About startlediguana

Miscellaneous art history blog made for a module at uni. The likelihood of future posts is slim at best, like sliced cheese.

Werewolves in Cinema

Two of the most iconic transformation sequences in cinema history feature the metamorphosis from man to werewolf; The Howling and An American Werewolf in London, both made in 1981. Both sequences demonstrate a mastery of creature effects, created using prosthetics and stop motion. I … Continue reading

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The Wolf in Mythology

Humankind has discovered a multitude of methods by which we can communicate, developed from the most basic of gestures and sounds, through the advent of pictorial representation in cave paintings, an ever complex plethora of languages, dialects and languages that … Continue reading

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The Renaissance: Leonardo da Vinci and his Notebooks

Moving on from the folk knowledge and symbolism of the medieval age, came the era of enlightenment, the Renaissance. From the French “rebirth”, the Renaissance was a cultural movement across Europe that completely redefined the world, not only in the … Continue reading

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Modernism: Le Corbusier

Swiss-born Le Corbusier (1887 – 1965), real name Charles-Edouard Jeanneret, is generally regarded as the single most influential figure in modern architecture. His designs and writings on the subject have formed the basis for most modern buildings ever since. Rejecting … Continue reading

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Viking Age Art

Viking art is often split into six main styles dating from AD 750 – 1150: Broa (or Oseberg), Borre, Jellinge, Mammen, Ringerike and Urnes. It was not the case that the styles existed independently at individual periods, but rather the … Continue reading

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Insular Art of Britain and Ireland

Insular art, also known as Hiberno-Saxon art, is the name given to the style of art produced in Britain and Ireland during the Medieval Period. It is part of the larger style of Celtic art and the name “Insular” is … Continue reading

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Early Animation Devices

The early developments in primitive animation techniques, discussed in the previous post, were certainly adventurous, yet further advances in animation would not really occur until the 19th century and Peter Roget’s theory “The Persistence of Vision with Regard to Moving … Continue reading

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