Art History Essay

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Samantha SalinasShana TavangarianDanielle NaamanKirolos FokehD.J. FabregaCrystal GonzalezCulture Taking Over Society According to the New Oxford American Dictionary, art is "the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination that can be appreciated primarily for its beauty or emotional power." As art has been in our world since the beginning of the Mesopotamian times until today, it has transformed itself from a more idealized creation to a more realistic one, showing the memories of our society. Ones culture is evident in one's art, and it is important for one to embrace that when they produce their artwork. Below are ten pieces of art that symbolize the awareness of reality and the different types of work that can be produced with that in mind. They range from the reoccurring theme of poverty and wealth, which is apparent by the medium, the time period, and the expressions. Whether it is the Egyptians with their pyramids to embrace funerary figures or the Greeks to represent their idyllic or luxurious poise, they each have their own way of expressing their culture through their work.Seated Scribe (3-14)The Egyptians were known for creating vast and luxurious frames of artwork and architecture; however, in the "Seated Scribe" which was made around 2,500 BCE, they shifted from a more idyllic representation to a more realistic depiction of an Egyptian person who was dealing with the hardships of aging and poverty. The reason that this type of portrayal of a human was not seen at the time was because the Egyptians had usually focused on their high-class pharaohs or gods rather than the non-elite people. Instead of a stiff stance and a body of perfection, the "Seated Scribe" is shown with drooping muscles and a bulged-out belly. He is also sitting on a floor, which is something a pharaoh would never be seen doing. In addition, pharaohs are often seen with an emotionless face, which is different than the scribe whom one could tell his sensitive smirk derives from the tough challenges he has faced in his lifetime. Color representation is another characteristic that can be seen on this statuary. Many Egyptians did not paint their sculptures, but in this case, they painted the limestone to show that the more brooding realisms of aging. Ultimately, this tells us the story of a typical non-elitist living the life of a real human that goes through tough phases in his life such as poverty, turning old, and experience that can be seen through his weary penetrating eyes.Innermost Coffin of Tutankhamen (3-34)During the Ancient Egyptian era, the pharaohs were often represented as God. In this particular case, Osiris is being portrayed. The pharaohs had a divine power and authority that led to riches. King Tutankhamen was a memorable pharaoh in history and his death came at a young age. The innermost coffin of Tutankhamen was made of gold and precious stones that showed its extreme opulence and wealth that led to one's well being. Ancient...

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