Travels in Artistic Time Term Paper by Nicky

Travels in Artistic Time
A journey through the art of Ancient Rome, Renaissance Florence and the Islamic world.
# 149393 | 1,960 words | 4 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Dec 13, 2011 in Architecture (European) , Art (History)

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In this paper, the author travels through time back to the Roman Empire and examines the art, architecture and history of the Arch of Constantine. The author then speeds forward to the age of the Renaissance of discusses Michelangelo's sculpture "David". Finally, the author travels to the Islamic world during the Middle Ages and looks at a fifteenth-century tombstone of the town of Kubachi, commandeered by an unknown source, to commemorate the dead.

Chapter 1: Early Roman Recycled Art
Chapter 2: The Glory that was Florence
Chapter 3: Islamic Detour

From the Paper:

"Like the triumphal arches that preceded it, this Arch uses symbolic images in relief to show the value of its intended honoree. As well as Constantine's glories, it also illustrates the previous triumphs of Roman emperors and leaders such as Marcus Aurelius' victory over the Samaritans. Demonstrating continuity with past leaders and Roman values was still very important to the Romans, even during the later years of the empire--perhaps more so than ever before. But there may be a practical reason for the sculptural recapitulation of the glories of many of the emperors that had lead before Constantine: there was a scarcity of materials, so reusing the physical relics from previous monuments enabled a speedier construction as well as a way to create a sense of continuity between past and present. However, emphasizing a lack of creativity and funds can be taken too far--the specific selection of particular old monuments to reuse was clearly strategic. "Many parts of the decorations of the Arch of Constantine are taken from other monuments erected by earlier emperors: Trajan, Hadrian and Marcus Aurelius, who were known already in the time of Constantine as the Good Emperors. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Figural Representation in Islamic Art. (2001, October). The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Retrieved June 20, 2009 at
  • Seindal, Renee. (2003). Arch of Constantine. Last updated 2006. Retrieved June 19, 2009 at
  • Statue of David by Michelangelo. (2009). Retrieved June 19, 2009 at
  • Tympanum, late 14th-early 15th century; Golden Horde Daghestan region, Caucasus (probably Kubachi) Carved stone with traces of paint. (2009). The Metropolitan Museum of Art Retrieved June 20, 2009 at

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