Art and Society Lecture Notes

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Art and Society: Renaissance to Modern- AHIS 121 Day 1- January 15, 2008 The statue of David—Florence saw itself as an underdog, and the statue represented this. It demonstrates that a work of art can be perceived in different ways throughout time. Becomes symbol for the republican government. The government is seen as dangerous and now Michelangelo is put in a bad position. Art can be quite dangerous and powerful over the span of 500 years. Enough to criminalize the creator of the work of art. It SHIFTS over the course of its viewing life. Power of art, and its place in society- some art can be very controversial. El Lissitzky, Smash the Whites with the Red Wedge - another example. ---This piece was difficult and called for and insighting violence, death, and destruction. Not meant to hang in a gallery but meant to be a propaganda poster. Lissitzky= Russian painter and artists, and worked in time of the Russian revolution. Quickly became a part of a group of artists who were seeking a new type of visual language that expressed what was going on in Russia at the time. Later the soviets banned the art in put into effect what was called social realism. Point is that the artists, poets, ect. That was a part of the earlier system that was deemed as difficult. If they were not physically purged by the social realism, that there were no outlets for any of the art that they were producing. Art and Power- Who is exercising power through works of art? Ex: United States Capital Building – draws from the classical world and the renaissance. DAY 2- January 17, 2008: THE DEMANDS OF PATRONAGE Renaissance - rebirth in French. It was not used during the period. It has been thought of in terms as a rejection of values of the middle ages. 1. It has often been said that renaissance artists etc. freed themselves from the grip of an oppressive church. Shifted to the physical world from the earlier focus of the after life. This is an element referred to as: A. Classicism: The self-conscious emulation of the literature, art and architecture of the classical, ancient Greek and Roman world. ---This can include democratic ideas to fairly imperial ideology and people looking to the roman empire. ---This idea of people looking back to the past that seemed to touch them in a way of the culture proceeding them in a way that Europe did
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not. 2. The second element that has been seen as a rejection of the earlier culture is a new focus of the here in now in works of art. They reached new heights of naturalism . They looked at the world around them and started to observe a phenomena around them. *The elements of classicalism and naturalism had a profound impact on the art that was being produced. *****Renaissance Italy did not see any sort of decline in Christian belief or in society compared to the middle ages. Arts attention to the needs and desires to individual human subject..
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