The meaning in “Fine Arts and Visual Arts / Art Terms” is involving or characterized by particularly realistic graphic representation. London based Australian artist Ron Mueck has attempted extreme verisimilitude and exemplifies the hyperrealist concept of an emotional description. He has taken hyperrealism to a new level with his giant sculptures of humanity on show and his amazingly skilled, sensitive and imaginative figures have made him one of the most commended artists of the recent art scene. Many of his works create such a fascinating sense of realism that they leave a permanent imprint on the viewer, by eliciting memories of one's own experiences. His work creates an imaginative opportunity to reflect upon the themes and cycles of life, death, suffering, longing, loneliness and desire. This emotional impact related to viewing Mueck's sculptures is heightened by the fact that the artist usually did not choose to render his figures life-sized. The effect of this altered scale is deep; it changes how we relate to these figures physically and psychologically.
3. Define Renaissance Humanism, and analyze the term in order to apply it to an example of Mueck's work. Note that the contemporary definition of Humanism is much broader than the Renaissance definition.
Humanism is a very blurred concept. Narrow sense of humanism is a cultural and intellectual movement of the Renaissance that emphasized spiritual concerns as a result of the rediscovery and study of the literature, art, and civilization of ancient Greece and Rome. It has started a 14th century Italy, starting with the European movement propagates by the so-called Renaissance humanism. The broader sense of humanism emphasis human worth and dignity, there are interested in human’s life and the conditions. In Ron Mueck’s Mask II (2001-2), we can find the broader sense of humanism, his work are showing something real and thus to think over the nature of humanity and it can lead to the emotional excitements. He has showed human value and distinction instead of attempting to replicate a Renaissance nativity in a modern manner.
National Gallery of Victoria International (http://www.theenthusiast.com.au/archives/2010/review-ron-mueck/the beauty of Mueck’s sculpture is that its human universality invites as many interpretations as there are potential viewers. I will note, however, the religious imagery that seems to permeate more recent works ‘Youth’ (2009) and ‘Drift’ (2009).