Historians speculate: this is not “art” but may be a magical technique used as part of rituals preparing for the hunt.
As spectacle:As ritual: You are consigned to watch someone else You are an active doing something; your participant role is limited to viewing. Everyday rules don’t apply in this deviation from ordinary space/time Sacred beverages are consumed
As ritual: You are an active participant As spectacle: Everyday rules don’t You are apply in sacred consigned to space/time watch someone Sacred beverages are else doing consumed something Your role that of viewer, even, element of spectacle.
François Boucher, Diana Leaving Her Bath, 1742 Louvre, 22x28"
Jean-Baptiste Greuze, The Punished Son, 1777 Louvre, 51x64"
Jacques Louis David, Death of Socrates, 1787 Met, 51x77"
Nocturne in Black andGold: The FallingRocket, 1875James Abbott MacNeillWhistler (American, living inLondon) painted this picture in1875.Art critic John Ruskincomplained,“I have seen, and heard,much of cockneyimpudence before now;but never expected acoxcomb to ask twohundred guineas forflinging a pot of paint inthe public’s face.”Ruskin printed this insult in hispamphlet series, ForsClavigera,in 1877.
J.M.W. Turner, The Burning of the Houses of Parliament, 1835