Wednesday, 3 February 2010

observations on role of art in egypt and in American societies

Review of the Obelisk unit

Robert Trudeau asserts that “The Egyptians of the Pharaonic era were demonstrably obsessed with art. I came to understand their relationship to fine art during sessions at the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. There I saw all manner of items - from sandals to chariots - that were rendered with persuasive style and care.

Across Egypt, in ancient illustrations and in modern life, I observed an abiding need for art.

An example of the daily art of Egypt? The cab driver is not content to sit in an unadorned vehicle. He adds numerous decorative touches: stickers, special shifter handle, dangling charms, fringe, a painted Eye of Horus. Also, the farm implments of Egyptians are not plain. A wagon has painted accents on the wheels and drawbars. A bicycle may feature extra reflectors and stickers.

Compare these lives to those of the Americans. Perhaps compare the Pharaonic to the Colonials. Modern to modern.

Finally, consider how your judgment of young Americans and their artmindedness is affected by the issue of piercings and tattoos (with thanks for the idea to Jordan Shockley).

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