Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Alexandros of Antioch in the era of Perez and E!

Venus de Milo



As far as I am concerned this is one of the greatest pieces of art ever created...it is absolutely beautiful.

Does the artist personal life or perspective and intent matter?

What if the statue wasn't supposed to have arms? What if the purpose was a satire of the gods or an ancient attempt to objectify women? What if it is a statement about women being helpless in a male dominated world?

Would it make it any less beautiful?

Would it subtract the craftsmanship and ability of the artist? Would the mastery be called into question if the artist had bad credit? or got a DUI on his chariot one night? Was facing foreclosure?

A commentators entire job is to pass value judgments and shape how you see an event. They exist to make up your mind for you..

You begin to see the world through their eyes.

They taint the masterpiece of life.

They are the poop colored glasses you see the world with.

5 comments:

Sornie said...

Your brief set of questions further proves that art is subjective. I do like how much you just made me really analyze that particular sculpture with a short series of questons.

~Sheila~ said...

Yeah...me too. (what Sornie said)
The sculpture IS beautiful.

Mags said...

I saw her in person-she's stunning and is one of my favorites too. Art is very subjective and I think the beautiful thing about all art is that it speaks to everyone differently. And that's OK.

I wonder if she doesn't have arm because he was just bad at carving arms. :)

Thomas said...

Is she shaved?

lauren said...

I have also seen this statue in person and it is beautiful.

Unfortunately, we live in a world where it is everyone's job to judge everyone else. Was it like that back in the day, when Venus was carved?