TRAVELINGTIME FOR brilliance
A HISTORIAN’S VIEW OF ART
TRAVELING TIME FOR brilliance
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I would like to dedicate this book to my Instructor. has taught me so much about the art. Because of her I have a new found appreciation for art.
Table of Contents
The purpose of this book is to give an overview of the many different types of arts all over the universe. The history of art from around the world is absolutely amazing. It not only serves a purpose , it also gives people a review of art throughout all eras. Each painting, sculpture, literature, musical piece produced by the different artists and civilizations classify cultures; establish a determination and observation of the unique and powerful distinctiveness of art. The revise of the history of art was initially developed in the Renaissance, with its limited scope being the artistic production of western civilization. Nevertheless, as eras have passed, it has presented a more extensive view of creativity. When looking back in history for some of the best art be on the lookout for a wide-ranging overview of all the civilizations and examination of their artistic production in reference to every cultural values (cultural relativism), and not just western art history. This is what I did and the outcome brought me to three era’s; Classical Greek and Hellenistic civilizations, Indian civilization, and the Italian civilization.
Chapter One: Classical Greek and Hellenistic Civilizations
The Greek culture had a dominant influence on the other civilizations near them. For this very reason Ancient Greece is generally considered to be the decisive culture which provided the groundwork of modern Western culture. With that statement being made it is obvious that the Classical Greek and Hellenistic era was a very influential one and so was their art. But out of the two the Hellenistic period’s art is more dimensional and embodied more than just beauty. The Hellenistic period was one that was very peculiar. This era went through a retrogression. Before pointing out the art of review a little history is needed about how this period was founded. “The founders were, respectively, Epicurus and Zeno, who were residents of Athens, though the former was born on the island of Samos, while the latter was a native of Cyprus, probably of Phoenician descent. Epicureanism and Stoicism had several features in common. Both were individualistic, concerned not with the welfare of society “primarily, but with the good of the individual.” (Greek Thesaurus) The piece of art that well represents the Greek culture and its beliefs is the sculpture of Laocoon and his two sons is a Greek monument and is on display in Museums. This artwork was a display of the torture and death of Laocoon; who was a blind Trojan priest of Poseidon (the God of the sea in Greek Mythology). He was an intriguing character in Greek mythology. He played a small but significant role in the notorious Trojan War, and his memorable contributions to myth were celebrated in this famous Hellenistic statue.
The statue which is made from seven interlocking pieces of white marble that stood almost 8 ft. tall; It shows Laocoon, and his two sons Antiphas and Thymbraeus being killed by giant snakes. This artwork was created/depicted as described by the Roman poet Virgil (70 BCE - 19 CE) in his classic poem the Aeneid. . The story behind the statue is this; In...
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