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Beginnings of Art (08:22)


Most early art was meant for decoration or ceremony. Figures were stylized and not accurate representations of people. Artists were considered craftsmen.

Individualism in Greek Art (05:18)

The importance of individualism in Ancient Greece changed its artwork. Artists had the freedom to work for themselves without interference from an employer. Artist freedom continued after the fall of Ancient Greece.

Art and Propaganda (06:11)

Art is often a reflection of a political or social statement; it affects perceptions. Art has always been tied to wealth and power.

The Renaissance (05:16)

Italy became the epicenter of the Renaissance as Ancient Greek art was rediscovered. Artists once again had the freedom to express their talent and the principles of great art.

Role of Artists (05:59)

Artists were regarded by society during the Renaissance. Patrons began to seek them out because of reputation and style.

Art and Societal Change (05:22)

The invention of photography became a challenge for portrait painters. It led to the rise of impressionism, cubism, and expressionism. Modernization led to a diversification of art styles and mediums.

Art in Modern Life (06:30)

Many modern artists have the freedom to create whatever art they wish. In modern democracies, artists are able to create works divorced from political influences.

Credits: "The Mystery of Art" (00:22)

Credits: "The Mystery of Art"

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The Mystery of Art

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An examination of how art works - the balance between talent and sensitivity, emotion and reason, sophistication and simplicity, and between past and present. How all these factors relate though remains a mystery.

Length: 44 minutes

Item#: BVL204693

ISBN: 978-1-64867-675-8

Copyright date: ©2018

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