HAA 0010 Lecture Notes - Lecture 8: Bayeux Tapestry, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Hyacinthe Rigaud

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Bayeux Tapestry vs. Vietnam Veterans Memorial
-Similarities:
-Long horizontal design
-Need to walk their length to take it all in
-Both representative of war
-Inscription on both
-Differences
-Time period
-Materials (tapestry-cloth vs. marble)
-Marble is meant to last, tapestry is light and easy to move
-Reflective of time period
-Bayeux maintains its size throughout where the Veterans Memorial
starts out small and increases in size
-Veterans Memorial references specific people vs. tapestry has images of
the war itself
-Bayeux is transportable whereas memorial is permanent
-Memorial is apolitical whereas tapestry is a “victor’s story”
-Memorial inscription references those lost whereas tapestry references
those in the story (go along with the visual program)
-Memorial inscription is the focus
-Memorial is US only
-Memorial is open to interpretation
Hyacinthe RIGAUD Portrait of Louis XIV 1701
-Poster for absolute monarchy (king has all the power)
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-He saw himself as god on earth (Sun king- everything revolves around him)
-Accessories convey his wealth, power, and authority
-Not conservative (showing legs, hall of mirrors)
-Literally looking down at you in the portrait
-Palace of Versailles 1669-85
-13 miles outside of Paris (new capital)
-Takes nobility with them
-Wanted all fountains to run at all times
-Marble court
-Hall of Mirrors (reorganize your day to be here when Louis is)
Ancient Rome
-Roman empires use urban environment
-Nero’s Domus Aurea
-Executed his mom
-Built himself a pleasure palace after a huge fire (on the site of the
colosseum)
-Paid for it with taxes from provinces
-Disliked by the people
-Eventually committed suicide
-Flavians
-Vespasian demolishes pleasure palace and builds Colosseum
-Concrete, but looks like classic Greek architecture
-100 day of games after this was built
-Based on Amphitheater at Delphi
-Designed to fit 50K
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