Discrimination of Gender in Ancient Art

analytical Essay
1030 words
1030 words

Gender is a socially constructed term used to identify masculinity and femininity based on the biological sex of male and female. Romans and Greeks have many similar artistic styles, since the Romans copied many of their art techniques from the Greeks, especially the creation of the human body that the Greeks were very interested in beccause of the competitive streak in creating the most naturalistically porprotional humand body . The Terracotta Plaque, by an unknown artist, dated 27 B.C - 68 A.D during the Roman culture is a terracotta, which is a type of ceramic clay used by the Greeks to make many of their potery, whose image on the plaque also has many of the artistic styles used by the Greeks to illustarte the human body. The media compaign that is being created will discuss being against discrimination based on gender through this art piece that I choose in order to demonstrate the form in which women’s feminity and men’s masculinity is portrayed, as feminity being evil yet submissive and masculinity as being strength and dominance. Through the symbolic items held by the man, the animals used by both the man and woman, and the displayment of their bodies one can demonstrate the discrimination of gender.
“Young and poweful what could a woman ask for more?” Society’s most common expectation of a masculine man is powerful, has strength, is a leader and is domiant. In the Terracotta Plaque, there are two items which symbolically display the traits that society’s concept believes to be what a masculine man is, a staff and a type of cup that is spilling liquid, which the man is holiding onto. The first item is the staff which has two pinecone-looking ends while two ribbons are also tied at the ends of the it. In Roman culture cer...

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...s this shows her feminity as a women it also portrays her as being a temptress because of the exposure of her breast. Unlike the woman being almost completely covered but being shown in a tempting way in relation to her feminity, the man on the other side is completely exposed in order to demonstrate the youthfulness and strength of his body. Which the Romans used in artworks as a form of political advertising to show that a man that had a masculine body, young and strong, could be a leader. The man’s exposure of skin is considered as positive form of dispaying his masculinity while the woman’s lack of exposure except for her breast can be viewed as tempting through her feminity and disapproved. This shows the gender indiffernece of feminity and masculinity, where masculinity is portrayed in positive forms while femininity has only negative aspects to be protryed in.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that gender is a socially constructed term used to identify masculinity and femininity based on the biological sex of male and female. romans copied many of their art techniques from the greeks.
  • Analyzes how the terracotta plaque depicts the traits of a masculine man, such as power, strength, leadership, and dominance.
  • Analyzes how the woman in the terracotta plaque holds a dangerous, lethal, and evil snake in her hand, portraying them as evil and temptation, making them equals.
  • Analyzes how the woman's feminity is a temptation, since she has to be fragile and pure of any evil. the wild cat and the man are equal in terms of strength and domiance.
  • Analyzes how the display of the bodies of both the male and female demonstrate their masculinity and feminity.
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