Depictions of War

I put these images together to show the evolution of how the depiction of war changed the closer the pieces get to modern times.Volute Krater with Battle Scene From The Trojan War. I selected this piece because it represents one of the earliest ways to depict war on a transportable object. The skills the creator must have needed to create such a piece with the technology available in 450 BC is beyond comprehension to me. The image depicted is an armoured soldier with a spear thrusting at an enemy who is standing over another falling soldier. The two sides of the army are visible by one wearing full armour, presumably the invaders, and the other dressed in fine clothing which Trojans were well known for. Palace Plaque of a War Chief, Warriors and Attendants. I selected this piece because it was made for the walls of a king’s palace. This sculpture depicts a ritual performed by a war chief and his attendants before battle. The creator chose to show as much as possible of the ritual in one scene while sacrificing the ability to go into great detail. The war chief and the two closest in size to him, most likely closest in rank, are holding weapons prepared for battle. While two smaller people are playing instruments and I assume hold the ritual together. War Council. This water-colour painting depicts a native tribes elders in a war council. The chief is depicted in bright colours in the centre of all the other tribesmen who listen intently to what he says. The creator of this painting gave enough detail on the individuals to face to show that they are all looking at the chief, no one is turned away. The painter depicted the traditional clothing we associate with natives of this time and an intensity of emotions that would come at a council like this. It is a very surreal image. Battle of Britain. This painting of an aerial battle does not focus on the plans but on the immensity of confusion involved in a dog fight. The painter focuses on the numerous paths the pilots take as they twisted and turned, then in multiple parts of the painting the painter interpolates a sense of dread as there is black smoke and puffs of smoke near the ground and water. A Child Bomb-Victim Receiving Penicillin Treatment. In this painting it becomes not about the heroes of war and but about the victims of war. The artist chose to focus not on a soldier victim, but on a child civilian. The artist interpolates a sense of empathy with the viewer, getting the thought across that, as many veterans have said, war is stupid. The child is shown as completely helpless in a hospital bed with a glazed look on her face and leg raised in the air. The artist used a lot of bland colours to imitate the loneliness of war.

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