Time Traveling, Art Historian Summary

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Time Traveling, Art Historian Book Chapters Susan Gressett HUM205 February 17. 2013 Liz Olson Time Traveling, Art Historian Book Chapters Early Middle Ages and the Romanesque The first piece of art I have chosen comes from the Early Middle Ages time period, more specifically from France. Here, inside the church of Sainte-Madeleine in Vezelay, lies an extraordinary piece of art in the form of architecture known as the Mission of the Apostles (Figure 1). Figure [ 1 ]: The Vezelay Mission of the Apostles tympanum, Sainte-Madeleine, Vezelay This piece in particular is one that comes from the Romanesque period of the Early Middle Ages. Most of the pilgrimage churches contain tympanums, the majority of which depict images of the…show more content…
It is also believed that the portrayal of philosopher Plato is actually a representation of Leonardo da Vinci himself. Raphael also included his own self-portrait in this painting, placing himself all the way to the right, beside Ptolemy, looking out at potential onlookers who have come to admire his work of art. Each figure in the painting seems to be doing what he was best known for; Pythagoras is calculating on a slate, Aristotle and Plato each carrying their own philosophy books and conversing over their beliefs (Figure 6), Heraclitus sketching on a block of marble (Benton & DiYanni, 2008). Figure [ 6 ]: Detail of Plato and Aristotle, from the School of Athens by Raphael. I have learned from traveling to these different time periods, that art can come in any form, whether through painting, poetry, music, or architecture. The meaning behind each piece may not always be clear to the viewer or listener, but that does not give reason to discredit the piece as not being a work of art. Each piece of art created holds a part of the creator within, it is up to us to discover the true meaning and inspiration behind it.

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