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"Art is an important agent then in the transmission of culture." Greenblatt p 439

As some of you may have noticed, I love art, in its many forms. I picked this quote from Greenblatt's article because I felt very passionate about his argument. Throughout history, art has been used as a teaching tool to cultures of the past (who were experiencing the culture first hand) and to present day views looking back on unfamiliar lives.

Greenblatt explained, "it (art) is one of the ways that the roles by which men and women are expected to pattern their lives are communicated and passed from generation to generation" (439). Throughout my college career, studying literature and the visual arts has taught me that this is true. For example, during the Romanesque and Gothic art movements, artists commissioned by churches used their paintings and sculptures to teach the viewer religious lessons.

Check out Gislebertus's sculpture Last Judgment found on the tympanum of Saint-Lazare. This Romanesque sculpture taught depicted the heavens and the hells, all the symbolism was known by the people of the past and now we also learn from this art because it gives us a look into their culture. Just as art work, literature has the same effects!

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I think that Art is a great tool to use when teaching literature. If we recall the lecture that the potential new professor gave, then we could see how effective art is in relation to teaching. Art has a similar effect just like literature because there are many meanings, but, of course, the ones that are supported by evidence are the most popular.

Also, if we refer back to biblical times, then art was a very important part of society. If we did not have artists during this time, then we, most likely, would not know how certain scene where portratyed. An example would include the "Last Supper" by Leonardo da Vinci. Here is a link that shows this picture: http://www.arssacra.org/christianity_legominism.html

Art and literature seem to correlate very well just like post-structuralism correlates very well with literary criticism.

I think that Art is a great tool to use when teaching literature. If we recall the lecture that the potential new professor gave, then we could see how effective art is in relation to teaching. Art has a similar effect just like literature because there are many meanings, but, of course, the ones that are supported by evidence are the most popular.

Also, if we refer back to biblical times, then art was a very important part of society. If we did not have artists during this time, then we, most likely, would not know how certain scene where portratyed. An example would include the "Last Supper" by Leonardo da Vinci. Here is a link that shows this picture: http://www.arssacra.org/christianity_legominism.html

Art and literature seem to correlate very well just like post-structuralism correlates very well with literary criticism.

Bethany, I like how you made a comparison to the fine arts. I think that Greenblatt was conscious that what he was saying could be applied to both the literary arts and the fine arts and that’s why many of his references simply say “art” instead of specifying one or the other. Also, the while art is important in the transmission of culture, culture is also important in the transmission of art. Isn’t it interesting to think about how both culture and art act in the same way for each other?

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