Museum Visit

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Nancy Smith
ARTH 101
Professor Judy Callaway

My museum visit took place at the Michael Carlos Museum in Atlanta on the Emory University campus. The building in which the art was kept was quite special in detail and character. The art on exhibit there that of Southeast’s most distinguished collection of art and artifacts from ancient Egypt, Nubia, Greece, Rome, the Near East, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. The art on display had a way of allowing me to take a moment to reflect on the time in a world that was ruled by many emperors, kings, and pharaohs. The museum was a safe haven for housing art and historical facts of the many cultures all around the world.
The Creation Stories at the Michael Carlos Museum were fascinating and interesting. My favorite was the “God Spoke the Earth: Stories of Genesis in Prints and Drawings”. The exhibition was narratives from the book of Genesis. Marc Chagall born in 1889 was a French artist who traveled to Palestine after a 1930.His work was to illustrate stories from the Old Testament. His Jewish heritage lined up with his immediate connection to the Holy Land. There were many in the Holy Land that spoke his native Yiddish and Russian. His lithograph, The Bible II, found in his 2nd series was an expression to accentuate a narrative to the creation story. The painting was that of blues, grays and subtle yellows that evoked the sense of light, water, earth and life emerging but of the firmament. Chagall depicts Adam pulling the forbidden fruit rather than Eve. His painting put emphasis into the virtues of womanhood and female figures. The female images appear in almost every image of the painting. At this time was Chagall’s first exploration into art in a Biblical expression, Hitler came to power over Germany. The Nazi party opposed the work of Chagall and deemed it as a threat to the Western civilization. Chagall had a lot at stake being an artist from France exploring Jewish theories. Due to the disapproval, Chagall had

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