Art History 4 - since the vast majority of people were...

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Russell Barton ARTH 154 I chose a political cartoon drawn by Mike Lane in the Baltimore Sun newspaper. I t features a depiction of Uncle Sam asking the Lady Liberty why she is crying. He mentions many problems in the country right now, only to receive the answer “Eliot Spitzer”. Anyone with a computer or living in the Baltimore area would be able to see this cartoon. Cranach’s Allegory of Law is a depiction showing the negative aspects of Catholicism (judgments, demons, and hell) on the left of a central tree and the positive aspects of Protestantism (salvation, God’s grace) on the right. Cranach’s print would be “mass produced” using woodcuts, so most likely anyone in that area would be able to view or purchase a copy of the allegory at a shop or a frequented public area such as a town square. The intended audience for my selection would be anyone interested in an ironic twist on current events, entertaining both subscribers and attempting to draw in new subscribers. Cranach’s audience would be just about the entire society
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Unformatted text preview: since the vast majority of people were stuck in the limbo between the Catholic Church and the Protestants. The intended function of Lane’s cartoon is to draw attention to the reader that there are much bigger problems going on in the country than a prostitution scandal, yet all the news seems to be centered on Eliot Spitzer. Cranach’s print was intended to persuade people that may not be sure about the Catholic takeover that Catholicism is a strict, dark religion based on punishment and to be a Protestant is to be showered in God’s good will. This is a propaganda print trying to show society that Protestantism is a much better choice of religion with more positive and glorious outcomes. Mike Lanes cartoon is just an ink drawing which has been copied in the printing presses in order to be included in the Baltimore Sun. Cranach’s print is a work carved into wood, then covered with ink to be pressed onto paper mediums....
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