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Art and religion has a very complicated relationship, to say the least.
In art history, art played a key role in the development of the church, more particularly a belief system. In a society where few can read, they can certainly understand the visual language of the churches. Iconography was ingrained in the people, despite a period of iconoclasm. Early religious visual language also borrowed heavily from the more familiar “pagan” visual language, which they are still heavily dependent on until today.
This is very similar to what we have. Remember Poleteismo from last year? The visual language of religion and belief was so strong that removed from the familiar setting, it has become incomprehensible.
But early religious figure wasn’t really about Jesus, it was more about Mary in her blue dress, the iconography of the mother and child.
Very reminiscent of Isis and Horus, isn’t it? We’d talk about them next term…