Art that is produced by cultures
This week we have studied art that is produced by cultures very different from our own. Without a cultural frame of reference it is often challenging for us to gain an understanding or even an appreciation of a work of art that reflects a visual aesthetic that is different. In 3 well developed paragraphs, discuss:
1. In what specific ways is our understanding of a work of art dependent on an understanding of the religious and cultural beliefs from which the work arose?
2. What can we assume about a work of art without such knowledge?
3. Looking at a work of art such as the Taj Mahal, which is the world’s most recognized building, how does not knowing the story or context for its construction shape our perception of this as a master work of art? How does your perception change of this structure once you know the story and reasons for its construction?