Art is a product of its context, art history, artistic works, cultural context, Parthenon Pediment Art, Mask of Agamemnon, Adoration of the Magi
From an examination of cultures throughout history, it can be established that artistic works within respective cultures were based on the prevailing cultural contexts. In such regard, this paper attempts to show that art is indeed a product of its context. This assertion is depicted through three distinct examples of art from the course.
[...] Fig.2: The Mask of Agamemnon Adoration of the Magi The third and final example of a piece of art depicting that art is a product of its context is the Adoration of the Magi artefact. The creation of this piece of art was based on the Christian religion with more focus on the nativity of Jesus. The artist intended to present the nativity of Jesus in art whereby the three Magi were depicted as kings in the West. These kings had found Jesus Christ through following a star. [...]
[...] The gothic style of art was used to create the piece of art. Earlier version of Adoration of the Magi were created from painting, but the gothic style was adopted later in the fourteenth century. The main idea to use the gothic style was to reproduce the artifact in three dimensional perspective in an effort to decorate the Strasbourg Cathedral Church. Fig.3: Gothic Style of Adoration of the Magi Works Cited Kleiner, Fred S. Gardner's Art Through the Ages (Art 1 Santa Monica College) Print. [...]
[...] The artists used the techniques of sculpturing to engrave the figures in a seemingly natural movement. The figures show energetic body ready to defend their religious ideologies and beliefs. The context of oneness and unity is also seen in which case the figures are depicted as working collectively towards a common goal. This context is also achieve in the use of the piece of art for the wall of the Temple of Artemis. This way, the message could be conveyed to all the community members since the temple was the prayer and worship center for all people. [...]
[...] This also confirms art as a product of its context. The culture in which the artifact was created made people believe that death of any member of a royal family could be honored only through covering the face with golden masks. This culture therefore gave raise to this artefact. Gold in particular was used to symbolize power and authority. It was also believed that once leaders died, their leadership and powers were transferred to their life after death (Kleiner 56). [...]
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