Compare And Contrast Essay

650 WordsNov 1, 20113 Pages
No matter the origin, art always conveys something about its creator, the time period it was created, and the culture from which it belongs; for example both Venus of Willendorf and the Votive figures from Tell Asmar illustrate how the Neolithic and Sumerian people respectively lived in the time from c: 25000 BC to 2700 BC. However while both of these works inherently tell something about their individual cultures, they also share many differences; as well as some additional similarities. The biggest contrast between the two pieces can be seen in their appearance, culture, and function, while they are remarkably similar when it comes to their deviation away from naturalism, focus on the human body, and form. The appearances of both Venus of willendorf and Votive figures from Tell Asmar differ in many ways. Starting with the face, Venus of Willendorf does not have any facial features, a very common trait in Paleolithic art figures. The Votive figures however have very natural faces, with the exception of the oversized eyes. In addition to the face, the bodies of the sculptures differ as well. The body of Venus of Willendorf is both nude and extremely round. The sculptor veered away from naturalism by sculpting the body in this round and obese fashion and to this day people wonder if it was a representation of how women were viewed or just a depiction of a childbearing mother. While the body of Venus of Willendorf is nude, the bodies of The Votive Figures are usually clothed in robes and fringed skirts, which are similar to a priest’s attire. The hands of the figures are folded in front showing a position of constant prayer and worship; however, the hands of the figures were unnaturally small, which brings to attention the similar styles of the art statues, neither of them have a natural view of a human. While there are these differences in the two pieces when it

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