The delights of art

The purpose of art in worship is for ritual celebrations or to educate the viewer about specific religious events. This embroidered art piece functions as a piece of worship. It is a representation of religion in the 14th century. The Virgin Mary is in the center at the top along with the apostles. The female saints are embroidered beneath in the semicircle. Coming from a Catholic background this is beautiful and representational piece. I love the use of gold; it gives it the appearance of being richly made with high-end materials. The aesthetics and beauty of it draw the eye in to see all the small and fine details. It is a cope or cape and I can imagine Priests or Archbishops wearing it during mass or as a ceremonial piece.
Art as self-expression is a way for an artist to express themselves. They are able to express their emotions or feelings about themselves or the world in single piece of artwork. This painting is a self-portrait of Vincent van Gogh. He used the media of oil on canvas to express himself in this painting. This art piece functions as a form of self-expression. This was the first piece he painted after being in an asylum. I find it interesting that he chose to paint himself. The use of the color blue in this painting is monochromic and allows us to focus on his face and brightly colored beard. He appears gauntly and fragile in the painting. At first view I did not even see that he was holding paintbrushes and a paint palette.
Persuasive art impacts a response or opinion. This sculpture is of the Ancient Greek Goddess Aphrodite. In Greek history she was considered the Goddess of love. This art piece functions as a persuasive piece. It is not only showing the beauty of Aphrodite by portraying her as half naked, but also show her sensuality. This makes me think that this statue was used in 250-200 B.C. to depict what a beautiful woman was not only to women but to men as well. I find it being used to persuade women to want to be like her and for men to want a woman like her. It is great representation of idealism by showing her perfect form or state.
Art for delight creates a sense of joy or gratification. This ceramic piece functions as a delightful piece of artwork. Its aesthetics and visual beauty are the reason I chose it. It was made in Egypt during the 11th century and even though it is a bowl I can imagine I took quite some time to complete. I believe the artist was a perfectionist in his or hers art work due to this piece as so many little details. Looking at it and with the use of the gold color I can imagine a Great Emperor or his family using it to eat. It has a great balance of color and is very pleasing to the viewer’s eye.
Commentary art is a way for the artist to communicate his or her opinion about an event to the viewer. I love this screen print. It functions as a commentary art piece. In it I believe the artist is showing us how this boy is for Anarchy but then when you look at the boy he is expressing to us to be quiet about it. I find that the artist is communicating to us how this boy is being rebellious but yet does not want anyone to know that it was he. I love how your eye is drawn to the red anarchy symbol first and then to the boy. The use of only these two colors makes the red stand out even more.
Commemoration art is to remind the viewer of a certain event or memory. This is an awesome photograph and a great commemoration piece. The artist is creating the memory to the viewer, of Apollo 11 and when man first walked on the moon in 1969. When I first saw this piece it created a sense of being proud of what the USA NASA program had done at that time. It is a great memory or moment in history and I can envision people in the USA and across the world sitting in front of their televisions watching it. Even though, I was not alive at that time this piece still awakens some memories and makes human life seem ever so important.
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