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Life And Death In Art Essay

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Cultures through time have had a connection with the spiritual world. Many of these cultures had a strong fascination with life and death. In addition, these cultures also had belief relating to an afterlife. This fascination is seen in the art, sculpture and architecture of these cultures.
Many cultures during both the ancient and classical periods had an interest with death and with preparation for the afterlife. One such culture that had this focus on preparation for death was the culture of the Egyptians. This is shown in the planning that the leaders and the wealthy put into preparing burial for themselves during their life. For example, many, if not all Pharaohs, would begin creating ...view middle of the document...

One great example of this are the carvings on the inside of KV62 which the tomb of Tutankhamen, which would have been made around 1323 BC, and is almost perfectly preserved due to the tomb staying sealed for hundreds of years. Another culture that had similar ideas regarding preparations for Death and the afterlife were the Etruscans. Following similar practice to the Egyptian Etruscan tombs included paintings and carving of events that the deceased enjoyed in life and wished to enjoy in the afterlife like the paintings in Diving and fishing, detail of a mural painting in the Tomb of Hunting and Fishing, Tarquinia, Italy, ca. 530–520 bce. Also similar to the Egyptians items were placed in the tomb that one might need in the afterlife like cups and furniture.
Some cultures unlike the morbid views of the Egyptians focused on life and people accomplishments in life. One such culture was the Greek culture. Much of Greek art and architecture involves scenes taken from everyday life, war and mythology. For example Andokides Painter, Achilles and Ajax playing a dice game, Orvieto, Italy, ca. 525–520 bce, is a piece of pottery that features a scene of two major mythological hero of the Trojan war playing a game .An interesting thing about this piece is that text written on the vase is just describing is just a conversation relating to the game and involves nothing more. Another example would be Myron, Diskobolos (Discus Thrower). Roman marble copy of a bronze original of ca., which is a statue of a male disc thrower in mid throw. This statue would most likely have been created for or commemorating an athletic event or was made for some great athlete of the time. Similar in both style and the focus on life was the Roman...

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