I didn’t realize I was going to get so much out of this class. Art has connections to politics, history, cultures, and everything about a civilization. It is like looking through a window into what is going on at the time. I have learned about various cultures around the world that I never knew about. I would absolutely recommend this class to others based on how much more informed you are not only about art but about the world.
Personally, I would love to visit the cit of Chichen Itza. The images of the Castillo pyramid blown me away. Growing up there has always been a strange taboo given to Mayan architecture, rituals, and culture whether it’s through cartoons, movies, or theories about the worlds end; it instills a fascination in me. It would be amazing to see the Castillo at fall or spring equinox when we can see the servant travel the pyramids surface
Zapotec Architecture is highly defined by their trabeated roofs or even by stone vaults with a peaked profile.The pyramidal platforms had wide stairways usually stretching across its entire face lined with broad balustrades. Upon these platforms were walls and columns build upon stone foundations. The dwellings would surround a square sunken courtyard and didn’t have more than 12 rooms.
Mayans also used stone architecture. Unlike the Zapotec though they used burnt lime concrete as well. They carved low relief slabs called stele in order to commemorate priests or kings. The Mayans are also extremely renown for their architectural inscriptions of highly accurate calendrical dates. Mayan pyramids also housed structures at the top, mostly temples, but used narrower stair cases as opposed to the spanning stairs of the Zapotec platforms.
I decided to attack this blog at a little bit of a different angle. As we are discussing these pieces of art and styles of art from these ancient Mexican culture we might somethimes ignore how the art affects us today. Some popular modern trends originate from the minds of artists hundreds or even thousands of years ago. People appreciate art more than they know if only they were learning about the history of these pieces then they’d realize what has gone into something that might seem so simple as a geometric pattern.
Aztec Print is something that we have seen trickled throughout certain apparel for the past couple of seasons now and I think it is really hitting big this year, this post is specifically about aztec print for the fall because I truly believe that it is a print that can be worn all year round. It comes in all different colors, mediums and shapes which is what makes it such an MVP as far as trends go. This fall/winter it will really be popping out on skirts, scarves, and sweaters in warmer tones. I’m sure this trend is one to get used to because it will be one to stay through the spring as well.
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At the beginning of this class I did not really know how much interest I was actually going to take in the subject matter. I came into the course with an open mind but had never really been exposed to the material that Art History has to offer. I have, though, found it be quite interesting. Every so often I’ll try to quickly skim through some of the readings but I find myself resisting, wanting to really study and take in the information about these various cultures and what arts they have to offer. Unfortunately, I am still not too fond of the whole blogging experience, at first I was quite excited becuase of the different information that can be shared or the interactions that can be had, but I feel as though the set up of website is a little confusing to me at times. I love the idea, I just wish the website had a more cut-and-dry design. I am excited to learn more about American cultures and their art for it is the most interesting to me so far. I’m curious to see how in depth we go with Eskimo tribes and the art they have to offer.
Here you have a Concho belt that is crafted at a very high quality and remains classic like those created years ago.
Georgiana Kennedy Simpson of Twin Rocks Trading Post of Bluff, UT describes this Navajo Concho Belt.
Geogiana (Jana) Simpson knows her stuff. Her dad, about to turn 100 years old, is a trader who is still going strong in Gallup, NM., where Jana grew up. Like the Navajo artists, she learned her trade while she was growing up.
Thank you, Jana, for beinging so many innovations to Twin Rocks, and recognizing beauty!
This is a comparison of two art forms from the South Pacific region. The first being from the Pacific islands; more specifically from the Polynesian Area. The second originates from the aboriginal people of Australia. As is obvious both art forms are highly unique from the other. Both, though, are windows into the environment in which both of these peoples were located. The latter is good representation of aboriginal art due to its vast amount of straight lines as well as the use of reds, oranges, and yellows. The aboriginal people were surrounded by grassland with scattered trees which explains the use of straight lines. The colors used are hot colors and therefore represent the element of heat present in the grass lands as well as the influence of the sun in their art. The prior also is a representation of the area in which the People lived. Polynesia is network of small islands. Their main food groups were derived from the ocean thus gives us the influence for the functionality of a canoe. Their canoes weren’t simply tools though but art forms at the same time that are also represented by their surroundings. In contrast to that of the aboriginal use of straight lines Polynesian and even Melanesian arts reflect more of an oceanic nature rather that that of grasslands. Which brings about more curves and rounded lines. Both influenced from nature yet the region of origination creates each unique to its own.