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Art, Architecture and Power
A brief look at how rulers have conveyed their power through art and architecture.
# 152540 | 708 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2013 | US
Published on Mar 15, 2013 in Art (History) , Architecture (History)

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This paper looks at how various rulers from around the world have come up with ingenious and lucrative methods of imposing their power and how leaders realized that art and architecture were essential factors in their struggle to become prominent. These two elements were among the first methods of propaganda employed by influential individuals in their attempt to increase their authority. The paper further examines how rulers used art and architecture as techniques of becoming prominent ever since the early ages of civilization, in Mesopotamia, and later in Egypt.

From the Paper:

"Mesopotamians obviously associated art with writing, given the fact that the Code of Hammurabi brings forward both as it promotes the laws imposed by their king. By presenting his laws in a way that impressed his people, Hammurabi was able to impose his power and rule Babylon across his life."
When taking into account art and architecture as symbols of power, one can easily relate to the pyramids in Egypt. These buildings are an imposing example of power of wealth put across by the pharaohs in Egypt. Artisans in the lower Nile Valley succeeded in perfectly recreating the power of the pharaohs through the pyramids, which to this day are considered to be some of the most remarkable buildings ever to have existed.

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Neal Kumar Katyal, "Architecture as Crime Control," Yale Law Journal 111.5 (2002).
  • W. Stevenson Smith, The Art and Architecture of Ancient Egypt (Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1958).

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