The Value Of Art By Comparing And Contrasting Works From Two Different Periods

2153 Words Jul 14th, 2016 9 Pages
“Art is man 's constant effort to create for himself a different order of reality from that which is given to him”.
-Chinua Achebe
The question of “What is art” is a discussion that for some people can be incredibly nuanced and challenging, while for others, it’s inexplicably simple. In this paper I will discuss the topic of what art is, it’s value to society, what it means to me and how this personal definition has evolved both over time and as a result of this course. In addition, this paper will also demonstrate the approaches by which one can evaluate and interpret art by comparing and contrasting works from two different periods. Specifically, the art works which are going to be discussed from two different periods are, Statuette of Tinia from Etruscans Archaic period, about 480 B.C., Bronze and Statuette of a Goddess, Ceres or Juno from Hellenistic Roman period, 50 – 75 A.D., Bronze, where these two pieces both provide an interesting and complex perspective of an artist’s interpretation of their surroundings. And in turn, they represent a unique approach to how each artist communicates what art is for them respectively.
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