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Big Ideas behind Small Things

It’s all about the scale. Most commonly, items are drawn, or painted, to scale in the miniature. Architects, for example, draw scaled down drawings of buildings. Maps, too, are created to scale. It turns out, though, that art, too, is created this way. Read the article bellow to find out how art is created to scale – both larger scale and smaller scale.

Key Takeaways:

  • Scale has always been an important feature of art
  • Scale in art is significant both on at a grand and minuscule level.
  • The grand and the minuscule can be combined in the same work of art.

“Scale was no less important in the ancient world. The exhibition Design for Eternity: Architectural Models from the Ancient Americas, on view at The Met Fifth Avenue through September 18, 2016, provides an opportunity to think about scale in the past, particularly monumental things writ small: architecture in miniature.”


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