Art Paper 101

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Morgan Cox
Professor Compton
Art 101
30 August 2013
Art in Different Cultures The Oxford Dictionary defines art as subjects primarily concerned with the processes and products of human creativity and social life, such as languages, literature, and history. Art is very important to all cultures and has developed over time. People have used art for centuries to express themselves in many different ways whether it is through paintings, drawing, music, dancing or clothing. Southern France, Asmar, and Mexico all have a famous piece of art that is important to their cultures. Three cave explorers discovered the Chauvet Cave in Ardèche valley, located in Southern France in December 1994. The explorers found that the cave was filled with archeological artifacts and thousands of wall paintings. The wall paintings consisted of large creatures that were rarely ever hunted, and the colors used to paint these creatures were red and black. It is obvious that the artists of these paintings tried very hard to impersonate each creature’s exact appearance. The artist used a special technique that is not found in any other cave paintings; the artists gave the creatures volume to cause the paintings to stand out from the background of the cave. The most common animals that occurred throughout the cave are lions, mammoths, and rhinoceroses. These cave paintings are some of the oldest know to man (Clottes) (Sayre). Seven men and two woman statues are located in a shrine room of a ziggurat at Tell Asmar. A ziggurat is a pyramidal temple structure consisting of successive platforms with outside staircases and a shrine at the top. The women statues are clothed in robes and the men statues are clothed in fringed skirts with belts. The statues are made of lapis lazuli, all have large facial features, and their hands are clasped in front of them. The clasped hands symbolize prayer when the hands are empty and giving an offering when a cup is being held. The tallest figure symbolizes the god of