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Evaluate an image to determine elements of symmetry that are present.
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This tutoria explores symmetry as an element of composition.

Source: Image of Starry Night, Vincent van Gogh, Public Domain,; Image of Visioni Simultanee, Umberto Boccioni, Public Domain,

Terms to Know

Lack of equivalence or similarity between parts.


An imaginary line that divides an object.


When elements of a composition carry equal weight, or create harmony. A composition can be asymmetrical and balanced at the same time.

Bilateral symmetry

When two halves of something are exactly the same.


The illusion of movement in a composition.


The quality of having exactly similar parts facing each other across an axis.