Reasons for art

Delight, commentary, worship, commemoration, persuasion, and self expression are the functions of art.

One function of art is delight and beauty. These types of art exist with the sole purpose of entertainment, aesthetics, and pleasure. Artists creating art for delight are able to use many different medias that are pleasing to look at. In Ancient Greece, the goddess Aphrodite was the goddess of beauty. This clay figurine shows the aesthetics of the ancient classical art. This old Greek classic form was a very popular way to show the beauty of art. I feel like whoever sculpted this figure made her as beautiful as they could have imagined in order to please such a goddess. I chose this form of art as it depicts the culture's idea of beauty and they would have considered this as art in its' most beautiful form.
Another reason for art is commentary. Commentary art is used to tell a story and give a mental picture of a point in time. This type of art often captures what the artist has seen or experienced. Before times of television, social media, and electronics, art was the only way to visualize events and occasions in history. This sketch gives a visual account of what it would have been like at Ford's Theatre in 1865 during the time of President Lincoln's assassination. It captures a particular moment in history that had a huge effect on the United States back then and now.
Another reason for art is worship and ritual. Worship and ritual art are used often used as a memorial or a way of telling a story from ritual or religious views. They are also put in places of worship and sacred importance to those followers. Some cultures use their arts in ceremonies and as tools of worship. This stained glass window placed in a chapel in Switzerland shows young Jesus teaching the Doctors on the steps outside of a temple. This is one of many of the stories from the Bible that was a big part of Jesus' life that Christians tell and remember.
Art is also used as a form of commemoration. This function of art aids in the memory of an event, person, or time. Many times this form of art is used in memory of an important person in history or in individual lives that has impacted humanity. Not to be confused with commentary that describes a time or person, but rather in dedication and in memorial of. For this engraving, it depicts the death of General Montgomery during the Attack of Quebec in 1775. General Montgomery is obviously displayed falling out with his troops during a battle where there was much destruction.
Art is also used for persuasion. One way to use persuasion function of art is when artists use their medias to persuade the viewers that the subject is of high importance and very influential. Subjects normally include people such as ordinary generals, emperors, rulers, and kings. In this painting in the Palace of Versailles, Louis XIV is shown dressed as Apollo and riding on a chariot. This is an idealism form of art, which represents a subject in perfect form. The reasoning behind this painting is to show and glorify Louis XIV as a god. By comparing the king to a god, this exemplifies the persuasion function.
Art also has a function of self-expression. This is when artists use their art to express their views, ideas, feelings, and personal experiences. This Korean colored pencil picture is an abstract design. At first I saw flowers, but in some places it seems to look like birds. The artist uses self-expression to create an image that is unique, different, and wants the viewer to see not an explanation behind the photo, but simply the elegance and colors of the Unfinished Story. I chose this portrait because I feel as if the artist connected with it personally in many ways and used it to express their soul.
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