How Art Changed the World: 2
What I found interesting about this video was the venus figure. I thought it was strange how weird an abnormal looking this figure was. Although this similar figure was found all around the world. The same exaggerated features, big hips, large breasts, and larger figure. This was what was clearly important to people back in the day, this figure showed an ideal woman. What I thought was more interesting about this was how the ideal woman has changed over time. They are completely different in comparison. For example runway models are beautiful and small in figure, and the venus figure resembles none of those.
Another interesting thing from the video was how Egyptians drew their people. It was clear that all their figures were very similar to each other in every painting. They choose to show each part of a person from the best angle. Their chest was forward, face to the side, legs sideways, eyes straight on, palms out, and they were two dimensional. They also used grids to draw so each figure would always be the same proportions.
Greeks also had a different take on how they portrayed people. They were fixated on the human body. They believed that Gods could take human form and Gods generally had a very muscular fit body. With that said they believed that if you had a sporty fit body that you portrayed a God. In Italy two statues were found at the bottom of the ocean, beautiful pieces or art. Generally the statues had one side of the body in motion and the other side of the body not in motion. This was very unrealistic to resemble an actual person. Another unrealistic trait about the Greeks art was they tried to make the statues perfect so many times the legs and the body were not at the right proportion to what would resemble a real human.
What I got from the video was how art has changed throughout history. And the idea of an ideal person has drastically changed and will continue to change as time goes on.
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