A Modern Triptych

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When I was reading the assigned readings I saw the painting of the Elevation of The Cross by Peter Paul and thought it looked remarkably like the modern triptychs we see today in common households. However many of today’s triptychs, unlike the old paintings aren’t as usually dark. The paintings from the 1600’s are very gothic in look. They are dark with an emphasis on the subject with either brighter colors or a ray of light or something similar. The modern paintings are more likely to be playful and bright such as the one displayed above. However in both they are one continuous painting separated into three parts.

Pictures and Linear Prospective

 

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Yesterday, while I was out searching and shopping for Christmas gifts, I noticed this picture. In this picture the artist uses line in the same way that Brunelleschi used line in his painting. To create the sense of dept and to draw the eye to the subject. However, unlike the old techniques use in painting the lines use in photos are usually roads that lead somewhere or paths that direct the viewer forward, while the painting create a sense of depth, and bring the viewers eyes toward the subject.

Lavish Designs

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When walking passed a church in my neighborhood I noticed the designs on the doors. I thought they resembled the lavish designs that were found inside the Hagia Sophia. They both depict a story while also providing decoration. I thought the circular discs looked familiar.While not providing the same function or displaying the same images, they are both used to decorate the area. Another thing I thought that the circles looked similar to were the fasces depicted on coins that represented the power of a Roman magistrate in office. Each circle represents power. In the picture of the church, the power is placed in the hands of God and the Church, whereas in the Hagia Sophia the circles are ornaments depicting the power of Justinian and his power in the house of the floating dome. And lastly the fasces were always depicted on coins, which were distributed to remind citizens of their magistrates power.

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Women Moving with Urgency

IMG_3280.JPGI was walking down the street by my apartment when I came across this Hellenistic style sculpture. Like the sculptures and architecture of the Hellenistic era this piece has a lot of emotion and movement. The two women seem to be moving with a sense urgency. The use of their drapery is also a common practice in Hellenistic era art. Take the Nike of Samothrace for example.

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The use of the drapery gives the statue motion, and if you truly study it, you will notice the push and pull of the drapery giving it much more dimension. This is shown in my example with the women’s movement forward and if you look closely the pull of the wind as the second women looks backward. However, a difference between the modern piece and the Nike is that the drapery isn’t as form fitting. On the Nike it’s practically sheer which was purposeful to show off the ideal feminine body whereas the modern example while also form fitting, isn’t sheer.

Old School Alexander

Stephanie, High School truancy officer and former coworker, age mid thirties, text:

Q1: Do you know who Alexander the Great was?

Stephanie: [I’ve] heard of him but can’t recall what exactly he did

Q2: What do you know about him?

Stephanie: Not much… I remember his name and that is about it

Q3: Where did you learn about him?

Stephanie: Middle School

Jeremy, Father, age 37, text:

Q1: Do you know who Alexander the Great was?

Jeremy: I do.

Q2: What do you know about him?

He was a leader in Ancient Greece (or Macedonia possibly). I know he conquered a lot of territory.

Q3: Where did you learn about him?

A little in high school, but more from watching the history channel and reading.

Gillian, Coworker and friend, age 18, text:

Q1: Do you know who Alexander the Great was?

Gillian: Yes

Q2: What do you know about him?

Gillian: He was a Greek king.

Q3: Where did you learn about him?

Gillian: In world history class.

American Utopia

In Joe Biden’s words, “American democracy is rooted in the belief that every man, woman and child has equal rights to freedom and dignity.” This is what has created his, our, version of the American Utopia.This is the aspect of our country that inspires all others to observe us and follow in our footsteps. Until recently. Biden claims that America has become unbalanced with Donald Trump in power. Biden quotes Trump’s comment on the other countries and how “they” want to be like “us”. Biden says this is the way his thinking is flawed. That we are not one being in the world but are multiple separate beings. That we need to be considered one to reach our Utopia. “While the United States is far from perfect, we have never given up the struggle to grow closer to the ideals in our founding documents. “The result, then, is that more plentiful and better-quality goods are more easily produced if each person does one thing for which he is naturally suited, does it at the right time, and is released from having to do any of the right time, and is released from having to do any of the others.” In this quote Plato states that a perfect society would be complete if every person did their best at one skill. This way they would all be part of a whole. Such as America and other countries. We must work as one being to accomplish the goal of becoming a Utopia.

 

Biden, Joe. “Reclaiming America’s Values.” New York Times, 14 Sept. 2017, p. A25(L). New York State Newspapers

Are you War Hungry?

Barbarian’s are considered to have a negative meaning. They are someone who doesn’t have manners, someone who is unrefined. They are the odd ball. In Greek society a barbarian was anyone who didn’t speak their language. They were called this because all the Greeks could here was “bar bar bar”.

Today people are still being regarded as barbarians, but with a slight more negative connotation. In a news article from the New York Post,  the Antifa an anti- fascist movement that are known by their militant protest attacks. They were recently called barbarians when a “peaceful” protest got out of hand. “The barbarian Antifa are genuinely contemptible, and unfortunate innocents, like the martyred Heather Heyer, sometimes find themselves on the same side of the barricades as these thugs.” This is comparable to the way  they were regarded in Herodotus. “Such was the number of the barbarians, that when they shot forth their arrows the sun would be darkened by their multitude.”They were regarded as savages that were out for blood. Something that is  comparable to another article I read. “Bannon Is Ready For #War” is about Stephen K. Bannon and his statement as he left the white house. He catogorized himself as a barbarian. Someone who was ready for “#War”.

These two articles are the same in that they both seem to put barbarians in a negative light, they both speak of barbarians as if they were a war minded people. This is also seen in Herodotus. They are in the midst of a battle and there are so many barbarians lust ing at the chance of war that they completely block out the sunlight as they rain death down upon the Greeks.

Calling Out Leftist Violence: Antifa’s Unchecked Attacks.” New York Post [New York, NY], 4 Sept. 2017, p. 018. New York State Newspapers, login.ez-

Rutenberg, Jim. “Bannon Is Ready For #War.” New York Times, 21 Aug. 2017, p. B1(L). New York State Newspapers

Who Am I?

In Mulan, Mulan sings the song Reflections which is all about who she is as a person. During this song she contemplates who she is and what other people think she should be. When I was watching this I realized this searching for your true self is very prevalent in contemporary society. We are constantly looking for ourselves, the transgender movement is an example of this. Transgender people are looking for who they are. They are discovering who they are meant to be regardless of what other people say or do, to look inside themselves and recognize that they aren’t necessarily supposed to be what they were told they were.

Similarly, in Oedipus the King, Oedipus is so focused on what the oracle and the prophecy says he ends up fulfilling the prophecy by accident. Oedipus was so focused on other people’s predictions and views that he was steered into making decisions he wouldn’t necessarily make for himself, like Mulan, when she is steered into marrying for the honor of her family. While Mulan pushes against the constraints on her and follows her heart by saving her father, Oedipus tries to defy the fates as well but ends up in their clutches at the end. Both of these stories, while very similar have different endings they both reflect on how outside influence can affect a person to a very deep level. Making someone who thought they knew themselves turn out to be something entirely different. This is reflected in today’s contemporary society with the transgender movement, people finding who they are regardless of society’s opinion of them.