Images Of Rulers On Different Stylistic Periods

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Images of Rulers expressed in different stylistic periods Creating art has been a practice exercised throughout centuries. The art that has been produced in the past gives historians insight into the philosophy and civilization of the time period. Ancient art is imperative because it allows historians to have a glimpse of a deceased culture. Images of rulers for example, are most often rendered in the time periods idea of an “ideal form”. Because of this, we can get a decent idea of what that time period considered supreme. The artwork that will be examined for this paper are all images of rulers, they are Victory Stele of Naram- Sin, Equestrian Statue of Marcus Aurelius, Emperor Justinian and His Attendants and Equestrian Statue of Charles the Bald. Although these four works come from different stylistic periods and dates, they all exhibit similar principles and often have comparable features. The first work is from the stylistic period of Ancient Near East, which is dated around 3000-2000 BCE. During this period people began to settle, and started domesticating plants as well as animals. The period also included a hierarchy or organization of ranking one person above the other. The art work is a stele, which is a large stone with a specific purpose. This stele is titled Victory Stele of Naram- Sin, it is from Susa, Iraq and is dated 2254-2218 BCE. The work is six feet tall and was made of a durable limestone so that it lasted through history. The limestone was likely hard to carve, truly showing the prominence of the stele. The purpose of this stele is to tell the story of one of Naram- Sin’s significant military victories as well as show his divine right to rule. In the Victory Stele of Naram- Sin, the Akkadian ruler Naram... ... middle of paper ... ...e reason that the statue is small is because people of the time had not learned how to cast in bronze something that was life-size. The art work Equestrian Statue of Charles the Bald, was once thought to be a portrait of Charlemagne but now the figure is identified as his grandson, Charles the Bald who was a holy Roman Emperor. Similar to the statue of Marcus Aurelius, the ruler is shown elevated on a horse who happily responds to its master, symbolism is shown here referencing that the people of the region do the same. Stylistically, the statue is not naturalistic. The artist rendered the figures based on concept, not a natural rendering of a person. There is a three dimensional attempt, with a degree of realism. The crown worn by Charles the Bald indicates he is an emperor, the globe shows he is a ruler of the world. This art work emulates Marcus Aurelius.

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