[PDF] Art across the Ages

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Author: Professor Ori Z. Soltes | Publisher: The Great Courses Teaching Company | Category: Art related | Language: English | Page: 1 | ISBN: e3e36a126f614aab9af08848af85d0a7 |

Description: From the earliest cave painting of hunting scenes to the spectacular architecture of ancient Greece and Rome to the startling perspectives of Postmodern paintings, art has provided us with a unique window through which to view and appreciate the soul of Western civilization. Artists throughout Western history have represented, envisioned, and interpreted the world around them through a range of diverse media. The scope of Western art is breathtaking, not only for its creativity and visual power but—more importantly—for the way in which it echoes the human experience across the ages. To be able to understand the history and language of art is to be privy to a conversation thousands of years old—one that leads you to a better understanding of one of the proudest achievements of the West. Art across the Ages is a mind-broadening survey of Western visual art designed to familiarize you with its basic history, acquaint you with major artists and styles, and provide you with a broad foundation for deeper exploration. In 48 insightful lectures taught by Professor Ori Z. Soltes of Georgetown University, you get a ready grasp of the substance and significance of a vast range of works, along with a solid knowledge of how they fit into the continuity of Western art. Throughout Art across the Ages, Professor Soltes draws your attention to what he calls "the ever-present tension between continuity and transformation" in Western art. By focusing on the ways that Western art has both carried forward and altered visual ideas throughout history, you come to better appreciate how art evolves over time. The lectures are packed with enlightening stories about the repeated transformation of themes, subjects, and symbols throughout the storied history of Western art. Consider how the simple image of a woman reclining on a couch appears in various iterations throughout history, reflecting both the continuity of a single image and the way in which cultures and artists transform that image to serve different purposes. Professor Soltes notes how we can find this image replicated in a scene on Hetaerae Symposium, a vase created by the Greek sculptor Euphronios between 515 and 510 B.C.E. as the sculpted figure of Dionysus from the east pediment of the Parthenon as a Roman representation of river gods in the Villa Guilia, a mid-16th-century summer residence built by the architects Giacomo Vignola and Bartolomeo Ammanati in a detail from Marcantonio Raimondi's Judgment of Paris from around 1520 and in Edouard Manet's iconic 1863 painting, Dejeuner sur l'Herbe (Picnic on the Grass), which serves as a tribute to the entire history of this reclining female form.

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