teaching, blogging and researching on art and culture, viewing the world through the camera's eyes, continually contemplating on the world of aesthetics and art theory and expressing it in art criticism and discourse…
There is always something so fascinating about early art. There is no written documentation from pre-historic art. What we have left are their sculptures, their paintings, and their structures. We see their stories, we imagine them. How were they created? Why? We have our theories, but still, you can’t help but wonder what life is like without the comforts that we have now.
Another concern is preservation. I saw articles noting the crystals and algae problems, as well as the humidity that is causing the paintings to fade. Here in the Philippines, we have that difficulty with the Anggono Petroglyphs. I haven’t seen it yet, I’m about to in August, but I hear that it is in a pretty bad shape. We really should take care of our heritage.
Another portion of the lecture is on Greek, Hellenistic, and Roman Art. This have written documentation, descriptions of what their life was like. It gives us a clue. From the simplicity of Greek red-figure vase designs to the opulence of the Hellenistic Derveni Krater. Another is on the evolution of the male sculptures, the image of ideal beauty in the classical times.
An addition for this semester is the exploration of paintings found in Pompeii. Greek paintings are long gone but perhaps the paintings found in Pompeii may give as a clue on how they might have looked like. These are preserved because of the volcanic eruption that has buried the city but preserved the cultural objects.
We know a lot. There is already a vast amount of knowledge that has been researched and written on the subject. But it will still leave you thinking. We’ve heard it said that there is no limit to the imagination. Perhaps not. And, we still see these things around us. The Greek influence has seeped into us. Looking at our National Museum, what does this structure remind you of?
Before I forget, this is the link to the lecture that I have prepared. Again, I used Dropbox, all you need to do is click on the Download button at the upper-right hand side. I hope you enjoy it.