Classical/Renaissance/Baroque: an Artist Will Always Create an Artwork with an Audience in Mind Essay

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Art throughout art history has primarily revolved around a sole purpose- the artwork, as a physical concept, is essentially a response from the artist to define art. In this, artists create artworks for a purpose, rather than an audience, however the two parties are inevitably interrelated and so the audience is nonetheless influential on an artist’s practice. The Parthenon (438BC), a temple from Classical Greece designed by Phildias, creates a basis for the general public of the time to acknowledge and worship the assigned deity, Athena. The Last Judgment (1535-41) is a fresco painted onto the walls of the Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo Buonarroti during the Renaissance, commissioned by Pope Clement VII of the Medici family. Supper at Emmaus (1601) is a typical Baroque painting by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio that was part of the Counter-Reformation in which the internally corrupted Catholic Church attempted to win back lukewarm Protestants with flamboyant and extravagant art. Throughout the various movements in art, the audience of art has changed due to the changing societal and historical periods and the altered values of these periods, fluctuating between religion and secularity. As a result of this, the audiences bring different meanings to artworks. Classical Greek art typically defines art as a physical work in which the proportions are calculated carefully and perfectly balanced; art for the Ancient Greeks was harmonious and symmetrical and incorporated some aspect of the Greek polytheistic religion. The architect and primary director of the Parthenon, Phildias, planned out the entire structure with close reference to the golden ratio and using the effect of entasis. The process of entasis involved slightly curved vectors through the structure in order to appear straight and not skewed from a distance- the aesthetic portion of the structure was

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