ARTH 1010 Lecture 1: Semester Lecture Notes

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24 Mar 2016
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History of Art and Culture 09/21/2011
Chapter 1
The Appeal of Art
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Visual Arts: Sculptures, pictures, architecture
People are talking to us through all of the images and pictures we see
Medieval Europe: artists used imagery in order to communicate the
Christian message to the masses (only the elite could read). Architects built
cathedrals with towers=reflected the aspiration to reach heaven.
In most cultures, rulers would order works of art designed to
project their political image and enhance their power
Looking at the dollar bill we see how complex it is. (Political imagery
used)
There is always more than meets the eye
There are a lot of different layers of meaning that contribute to the
universal power of imagery.
Text and images can combine to create a very powerful message…ex “I
want you… Uncle Sam poster. Uncle sam is symbolic, not an actual person
(everything on him is symbolic- the colors on his outfit go with the American
flag, his sam U S AM)
An important aspect of any image is its context
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Context can be either social, religious, political, or personal
With the rise of journalism, a lot of artists have caricatured professions
in the media…political cartoons…pictures could represent a comedic but
realistic view of someone on their ruler or government
French government (following Daumier) created a law that forbid
pictures…this showed how powerful images were.
Government had fear that their dissemination would adversely
influence its citizens
The power of identification with imagery accounts for much of its
effectiveness
Children recognize pictures before they understand language
In order to make certain things as realistic as possible in their artwork,
artisits need to suspend reality and enter a world of their own creation.
We must use all of our senses of looking or observing
something. Not just our eyes, but hearing, taste, touch, and smell…
these all contribute to our identification with imagery
Seeing images of food and drinks is supposed to evoke the experience
if we were to be eating or drinking the image in reality.
Tastes or smells can bring us back to a past experience that occurred
once before
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Déjà vu “previously seen” (Marcel Proust)
Some works of art can defy our expectations but it is appealing and
interesting to us.
The arts have the capacity to expand our mind and our senses-
and therefore, our experience and enjoyment of life.
The arts can evoke what is familiar or it can create humor with
the unfamiliar but it can also be disturbing.
As humans we experience pleasure in recognition and can become
upset by the unfamiliar (babies with adults other than their mothers)
This is why Picasso caused such an uproar with his art with people’s
faces all over the place with sideways noses or weird lips and chins
Metaphor can be a powerful way to convey meaning by making
the viewer respond to content through form.
There are natural images and man-made images
Manmade: environment, untouched my man
Transition from natural to manmade: the mental images which can
be orally or written downm but they are not necessarily translated into
concrete visual form
Mental: images that include sleep dreams and day dreams, visions,
hallucinations, fantasies
Mental images are often the inspirations for works of art
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