The Functions of Art

The first piece of art that I chose for this gallery seems to exemplify the function of art that is called Delight. Art work that delights is art work that provides the viewer with a sense of pleasure. This beautiful painting created by Jan Brueghel the Elder is a true pleasure to behold. The arrangement of the flowers in the wooden vessel is incredibly aesthetically pleasing. The longer you study the painting, you can see the true detail in each individual petal. There are flowers and buds of every size, and the colors create a very calm feeling. You can tell that the artist put a lot of thought into the piece and paid very close attention to detail in order to create this stunning and harmonious arrangement. It is the embodiment of delightful.
The second piece that I chose seems to fit the idea of Art as Commentary perfectly. The artist Edouard Manet uses this painting to show his view during a race. He used his point of view to show others his idea about a particular event. Commentary art helps to shape other people's views of subjects as well. The artist really places emphasis on the clothing of the two women he is portraying. The piece really communicates to the audience the fashion and sociabilities during this time period. One of the women is staring at the crowd while the other is focused intently on the races, which really gives us, the viewer, perfect insight to how the crowd reacted to the event. It allows the viewer to see an event and captures what the artist truly saw.
The next piece of artwork that I chose represents art in worship and ritual. This piece is a funerary cone dating back to 675 BC. The purpose of this piece is to serve as an introduction to a grave as well as a brief description of the deceased person. The funerary cone is a ritualistic item that, based on religion, memorialized the dead. A huge part of religion is ritualistic practices. The funerary cone embodies the concept that, after death, we are presented with some sort of ritual to honor our lives. During these rituals, art is used as an avenue for expression of the deceased person's life, making it a near perfect example of art used in rituals and worship.
The Ceremonial Cup piece is a great example of art used for commemoration. This delightful gold cup was created by Johann Melchior Dinglinger to commemorate the life of Augustus the Strong. The ornate details attached to the cup each relate in some way to some integral part of Augusts' life. Commemoration is all about offering honor and remembrance to someone who has passed away. Art is one of the most integrated forms of remembrance used. This particular cup honors the life and journeys of Augustus and is displayed in his honor as an offering of remembrance so that all others may see and know of his great life. The piece was actually created before Augusts' passing, but commemorated his journeys prior to death, and was displayed before him as well as one of the highest honors.
Art for persuasion was one of the most interesting subjects to search. Many great artists have wonderful views on certain subjects. However, this particular piece interested me the most. Kang, Yong Meon used trash and plastic as well as brass to create a sculpture to represent how environmental pollution affects and changes the lives of animals. Persuasive art is some form of art used to help mold the ideas of a large group of people in order to make a change. Meon used this piece to try and show others what really happens when they are environmental terrorists. His point was to open up the eyes of the world to show them all that they are not the only people affected by their actions, in hopes of changing or altering their behaviors to create a change in the world. This piece is a perfect example of how art can be used to persuade.
The last art piece that I chose for this gallery is Portrait of a Young Lady (1560). This piece is a self portrait that embodies the idea of art as self expression. Self expression can be anything from how you view the world, situations or even yourself. This artist chose to paint a portrait of herself. The viewer can really get an idea about how someone views something or someone by the way they choose to portray it in an artistic manner. Everything from the clothing she is wearing to look on her face, this painting gives us a very insightful look into how the artist viewed herself. One may assume, and by that I mean that I am assuming that the artists was a very prestigious and serious woman. I can also infer that she takes herself very seriously by the way she chose to portray her facial expression. This piece exemplifies art as a form of self expression.
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