Image 2

Module 2:

Pre-iconographic Description

The pre-iconographic description of an image is the process of taking inventory of the physical aspects of an image to describe the fundamental visual elements in the two dimensional design. Aspects such as composition, line, shape, form, space, color, light, repetition, point of view, moment, texture, and overall impressions are the components of pre-iconographic description.


Line is used in this image to distinguish the foreground and the background. Lines used in the foreground are crisp and clean with a strong sense of definition, providing both strength and balance to the image. Lines in the background are fine, curved and delicate creating the impression of harmony and rhythm. Line has also been used to create text and meaning.

There are two basics shapes in this image: geometric and organic. In the foreground we see the geometric shapes of the computer. These shapes are hard and well defined. In the background we see more curved, freeform shapes found in nature and associated with the human form.

The forms in this image are three dimensional. They consist of both rectilinear and curvilinear forms. The most prominent form is the computer. The eye is then drawn to the human form and then the form of the Glass and the depiction of the fruit still life. Finally the eye is lead to the garland on the head of the human form.

The space in this image is rather shallow and limited. Although some depth is provided in the shadow of the computer monitor on the human form the effect overall is to define the foreground and background. The overlapping of elements in this picture suggests a rather close space and proximity to one another.

The colors in this image are mostly muted and dark. There is bright red shown on the monitor with contrasting white text. The computer casing is white contrasting against the red monitor. The background consists of mostly autumnal colors and the white robe on the human form.

Light in this image emanates from the lower left foreground. There appears to be a slight difference in the lighting source of the foreground and the background. I believe this is due to the foreground being a montage set on the background and the light in there was an attempt to duplicate the lighting of the original image in the background.

Repetition can be seen in the text over both the foreground and background of this image. The use of repetition attempts to pull both the foreground and background into one congruent image. Lighting as mentioned before is also repeated in the foreground and background of this picture. Again this repetition is used to bring the two components of background and foreground into one image.

Point of View:
The point of view is that of eye level with the human form and shape of the image. The angle at which we see this image is straight on. We are not looking up at the image or looking down on the image.

The moment is in contrast from the foreground to the background. The dichotomy of these two moments appears to be the purpose of the image. In the foreground we have state of the art personal computing, illustrating the latest in technology. In the background we have an image that is reminiscent of the romanticist period in art. The time of day depicted appears to be late evening.

The texture of this image is in contrast. In the foreground we have the smooth hard surface of the computer. In the background the texture is soft and supple showing the skin and white garment of the human form. Great detail has been created with color in both skin and garment of the human form in an attempt to accurately portray the “feel” of the surface.

Overall Impression:
This image gives one the impression that the classical Italian spirit has met modern technology and approves whole heartily, raising their class to latest in human technology!