Art History Response 2

Art History Response 2 - AH 105 Response Paper Classical...

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2/11/08 AH 105 Response Paper: Classical Hindu Mythology Art provides a medium of retelling stories, not necessarily as “definite retellings of them […], [but rather as] “examples of the stories.”(Brown and Hutton 34) By “examining the historical and physical context of the images, [one is shown] whether patrons wish[ed] to communicate messages of legitimacy, benevolent rule, success in battle, or simply the propitiation of powerful deities.”(Brown and Hutton 35) Picking and choosing which aspects of stories to visually portray says a lot about what the artist, as well as the general culture of that time, found important in that story. These works of art can tell modern day people immense amounts of information about ancient belief systems. Through reading the stories in chapter four of Brown and Hutton’s Asian Art and referencing page eighty-two in Mitter’s Indian Art , it becomes clear that the Hindu religion both revered and feared women. Both of the stories in
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This note was uploaded on 04/19/2008 for the course AH 105 taught by Professor Linrothe during the Spring '08 term at Trinity College, Hartford.

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