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The Body: Lecture 1


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AS Art Lecture

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The Body: Lecture 1

  1. 1. The Body in Art Ancient to Renaissance (Western Art History)
  2. 2. Prehistorical Art Representations of the human form have been around for over 30,000 years. They often depicted hunters and animals and acted as a form of documentation.
  3. 3. This is a photograph of the so called ‘Venus of Willendorf’ in Austria from prehistoric times, about 20.000 years ago. It is believed, that it had ritual functions concerning fertility. 10.000-15.000 b.c. Austria limestone, 11,5 cm;Vienna
  4. 4. Egyptian Art The combination of geometric regularity is characteristic of all ancient Egyptian art which was often described as cubed and constrained. Its purpose was to keep alive the history of the individual and give eternal life to the Pharaohs. Artists had to abide by strict rules of representation and symbolism.