"All art is subversive," Pablo Picasso once declared. In The Power of Art, cultural historian Simon Schama
If one is going to take that on, they'd better know what the hell they're talking about.
Sounds serious, but why?
Don't you think it's a tad immoral to be re-writing history just to appeal to modern tastes? Or to provide a line of authority, belief, or practice back in time that was never really there?
Tim are you saying
A person can not view art and tell us what they see without being an "authority"....all of us are not allowed to see with our OWN EYES and interpret art
Only those deemed an authority by whom? ....if you lived in Hitler's time ..who deemed the ones to have the authority to interpret paintings
if you lived in the time of the Inquisition who was deemed an authority to interpret paintings?
if you lived during prehistoric times...who is deemed an authority?
I interviewed Emil Frei's son who is one of the leading stained glass window makers
One has to apprentice for many years to be a MASTER and when hired they are giving Carte Blanche
Noone goes up to Poussin and tells him how to draw or what to draw
You can give him a theme but telling him what to put in it well that happened to Da Vinci and the artists don't like it
who knows centuries later when your long gone people saw he made a fool of you...as he did
Who got their revenge in the end?....Picasso was right
It has to do with Light ...Illumination ....Shadow Darkness and Light....
All artists know the POWER of ART...it can't be denied
Art transcends Time
The stained glass master told me
The Viewer has the Freedom of CHOICE ...they can see with their own eyes or they can see what someone tells them they are seeing
They have been Masters for centuries and they understand Man's conciousness changes ...the best art is one like at the Chartres Cathedral
the kind that lasts for millenia ....the Masters know they must create with the idea that their work will be seen long after they die
It is a bit of immortality in Art
Art Historians have been wrong in interpreting paintings
I think it's immoral to not allow the viewer their freedom to express what they see
Art isn't for the ELITE only though it was early on the possesors of these works
and in some cases still in the hands of private collectors
Its a Crime
Colin Powell in his announcement to the United Nations to make the preemptive strike on Iraq had Picasso's Guernica COVERED UP
Why because he knew the Power of Art and others here know its Power
They want to cover up and hide it and not allow the Viewer the Freedom of Choice
The public was not allowed to see what Richeliu had in his home or Medici had in his bedroom
many works were owned by Kings Popes and the rich
when the public got a view it was a church
"Great art has dreadful manners," Simon Schama observes wryly at the start of his epic and explosive exploration of the power, and whole point, of art. "The hushed reverence of the gallery can fool you into believing masterpieces are polite things; visions that soothe, charm and beguile, but actually they are thugs. Merciless and wily, the greatest paintings grab you in a headlock, rough up your composure, and then proceed in short order to re-arrange your sense of reality. . . ."
With the same disarming force, The Power of Art propels us on an eye-opening, breathtaking odyssey, zooming in on eight extraordinary masterpieces, from Caravaggio's David and Goliath to Picasso's Guernica. Jolting us far from the comfort zone of the hushed art gallery, Schama closes in on intense make-or-break turning points in the lives of eight great artists who, under extreme stress, created something unprecedented, altering the course of art forever.http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/power-o ... 1007967266
We have seen those hands before
At Rennes Chateau on Magdalene
Jesus flashes the sign as well as Marie flashes it
What does it mean? Or is it a coincidence?http://images.search.yahoo.com/images/v ... k.UUdshM49