Artwork Analysis and Cultural Diversity
The “Minoan Jug,” “Tamerlane in Damascus,” and “Vase with four green handles”share clear similarities in terms of their thematic and cultural concerns (Museum Organization, 2021). The artworks throughout culture exhibit their identity, which is prevalent among people. Culture, as the code of conduct governing a specific group o people, is associated with identity rationales. The relevance of a person is how they can be identified in a wider social setting and the main issues that considerably bring them together. Though at various levels, different things give unique and pertinent meaning based on their relationship with the overall social setting, the artist of these artworks exhibits a considerate attraction to the concept of identity to give a meaningful association. The concept of identity also emerges as the strongest attraction that will bring the audience from different social backgrounds to relate with the artworks. Interestingly, through tracing the origin and associated meanings, the selected artworks could easily be concluded to share specific attractions with the bigger picture of culture. For instance, “Minoan Jug,” which revolves around the Minoan culture, focuses on providing a generalized and deeper understanding of the region’s significant aspects that act as their primary identities. Only specific tools could be used in making the artwork because of the particular meaning. Notably, the theme of identity has been used to show the processes initiated to make comprehensive social and cultural aspects evident among the Greeks during the time.
Additionally, in “Tamerlane in Damascus,” the theme of identity is prevalent and helps explain the cultural and time variations between the past and the present. Its origin in Syria and depicting the 1400CE destruction evident in the country by the Timur armies portrays the importance of identity (Sachant, Blood, LeMieux & Tekippe, 2016). Thus, as was juxtaposed in the created picture of power versus humility and obedience that go hand in hand, the artwork depicts Ibn Khaldun kneeling and pleading with the armies in its presentation. The rationale reveals that regardless of what was common in the region, a certain level of effort and attempts were to be initiated to portray the actual image against the other. The portrayal of the soldier gunning down and killing people illustrates the theme of power, which was also evident in “Minoan Jug” to explain how identity can be lost in war. Ethically, during this time, most artists’ skills majored in representing war’s effects with little effort to entertain. Syria was the main target, and most themes during this time in artworks depicted the pain the citizens underwent with little attempts to change their situation due to dominance with high-rank pressures. As a result, the paintings impeccably depicted the history of the countries and the significant eventualities and uncertainties that were common in them during these times.
As evident in “Minoan Jug” and “Tamerlane in Damascus,” the theme of power and identity is prevalent in the “Vase with four green handles” by Auguste Delaherche as it tries to explain the different identities that led to the French Revolution. The colors used in the artwork depicted the French flag, making it easy to be identified as a symbol of identity that unites people regardless of their situations. The artist portrayed the theme of identity as the only solace to overcome the pressures from wars and eventualities that may make one discriminated (Sachant, Blood, LeMieux & Tekippe, 2016). The artwork gave the citizens a sense of togetherness in realizing their dreams, existence, sacrifices, and global stage. Nothing usually brings people together as a single attraction aspect that can balance their cultural and social elements to a common platform. As evident in other artworks, the concept of identity, power, and conflict or war is seen as the focus to depict how the artists and the art can be used to portray such. Overall, through analyzing the three artworks, I focused on single aspects that might be depicted from such pieces and explored a more profound knowledge and information that can be associated with them (Sachant, Blood, LeMieux & Tekippe, 2016). The concept of time when the artwork was made, and the thematic concerns related to them must always be considered before a conclusion is made based on how and when it was created. All paintings are not designed to be specific but carry explicit and deeper meanings that must be explained before a conclusion is made on their credibility.
Art, in most cases, is a request or countenance of human imaginings and artistic skills, primarily in visual forms such as statues or paintings that are produced to be respected typically for expressive power or beauty. On the other hand, visual culture is the cultural aspect expressed in various graphical images (Pintus et al., 2016). Therefore, learning about the cultures of others helps one understand different perspectives within our world. In most cases, it dispels all the personal biases and negative stereotypes about other groups. Besides, cultural diversity associated with the three artworks helped me recognize and respect various ways of being which are not particularly our own. According to Schachner (2019), in a deeper appreciation for cultures other than my own, learning about different cultures boosted my understanding of the significant aspects pertinent to ascertaining the correlations that are pertinent in having a clear perception of what is meant by the cultures. Empirically, it enhances our acknowledgement of the validity of various cultural contributions and expressions. The diversity makes one and their country an exciting place to live by introducing new thinking styles, language skills, and new knowledge that can be used for various social developments.
To sum up, my knowledge of diversity has dramatically changed based on analysing the three artworks with insightful themes and cultural aspects. As opposed to the presumed conditions that have been my worries when analyzing artworks, especially on their significant thematic and cultural associations, exploring the various concepts bestowed in the works, a new dawn for the role of cultural diversity in art and society was realized. For instance, through the analysis, it was evident that cultural diversity increases one’s level of understanding about what is hidden in other people’s cultures by avoiding imposing unnecessary values that might cause conflict if poorly addressed. Additionally, it was evident that cultural diversity intervenes explicitly and appropriately when one observes the works of different artists and the cultural sensitivities associated with them without depending on the pre-informed opinions that might interfere with their credibility on culture and time. Overall, it holds that before making a conclusion on any culture or at, exploring other significant aspects associated with them is necessary.
Museum Organization. (2021). Vase with four green handles. https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/239565
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Sachant, P. J., Blood, P., LeMieux, J., & Tekippe, R. (2016). Introduction to Art: Design, context, and meaning. Dahlonega, GA: University of North Georgia Press.
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