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Animal Symbolism in Art and Culture - #AHMCFall2019 - Emily Heffernan (Curated Collection Part 1 and Part 2)

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Civics +2 Age Levels High School (16 to 18 years old), Post-Secondary, Adults

People of all ages and cultures have used animals in their art work, sculptures and even music. Do you remember how Taylor Swift incorporated snakes into her album artwork?  Even her merchandising used animals as a message demonstrating that Taylor may have been portrayed like a snake in the media but she is a strong fierce competitor in the music industry. No on could take that away from her,  she was turning a negative image into a positive outcome. 

 Snakes in Taylor Swifts Music  (Click the link if you want to check out her album).  

A little bit about me... I am an animal lover and growing up with pets in my life (we currently have a dog named Wally who just turned nine) it has always interested me to see how people focus on animals as a subject matter. Many cultures have used specific animals to represent their beliefs and incorporated the animals' characteristics.  (One example is that Asian cultures identify tigers with power or agility characteristics. 

For my first collection (Part 1) I will be looking at three explosive periods of civilization and examine art in various forms whether its cave paintings or mosaics.  My first piece  is going to focus specifically on animals as I figured each of the three collections can expand upon my interests, animals being one of them.  I think the potential audience my collection applies to is college student, high school students, art history majors and any one else  interested in animals and their significance through out time.

THEMES:

1. Earliest Culture - Paleolithic Period

The first two tiles will examine the Paleothic Period and why animals were so important and I will include a small except of what their beliefs are.

2. Egyptian Civilization 

The third and fourth tiles will talk about the Egyptian Culture and why cats were so symbolic in art.

3. Roman Civilization 

Lastly, the final fifth and sixth title will examine the animals statues explored in our  text book and  include a very interesting mosaic showing why crocodiles were so popular. 

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Work Cited:

Online Resources:

1. George, Alison. “Code Hidden in Stone Age Art May Be the Root of Human Writing.” New Scientist, 6 Nov. 2016, https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg23230990-700-in-search-of-the-very-first-coded-symbols/.

2. Alsherif, A. (2014). [online] Rockartscandinavia.com. Available at: http://www.rockartscandinavia.... [Accessed 23 Sep. 2019].

3. Robin, et al. “10 Prehistoric Cave Paintings.” Touropia, 17 Nov. 2010, www.touropia.com/prehistoric-cave-paintings/.

4. Seawright, Caroline. “Animals and the Gods.” K4W Foundation, 26 Nov. 2012, http://www.thekeep.org/~kunoichi/kunoichi/themestream/egypt_animalgods.html#.XYkovihKhaQ.

5. “In Ancient Egypt, Cats Were Mummified and Buried with Jewelry, and Harming a Cat Was an Offense That Could Be Punished with Death.” The Vintage News, 13 Feb. 2018, https://www.thevintagenews.com/2017/12/15/ancient-egypt-mummified-cats/.

6. Alsherif, A. (2014). [online] Rockartscandinavia.com. Available at: http://www.rockartscandinavia.... [Accessed 23 Sep. 2019].

7. Wilde, Robert. “A Brief History of the City of Rome.” ThoughtCo, ThoughtCo, 20 Feb. 2019, www.thoughtco.com/brief-history-of-rome-1221658.

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Curated Collection PART 2 - Monday, October 14, 2019

For my section collection (Part 2) I will be looking at three exciting periods of civilization and examine art in various forms whether its oil paintings or mosaics.  My second piece  is going to focus specifically on  different types of animals that are depicted in vital periods and cultures.  Again, I think the potential audience my collection applies to is college students, high school students, art history majors and any one else  interested in animals and their importance throughout out time.

Animals on Top 40 Music Albums (Clink the link if you want to see examples of animals in song titles and album covers)

THEMES:

4. Early Christianity Civilization

Animals were a significant symbol through early Christianity. They impacted culture through tales of the Bible and also were depicted in mosaics, art forms and statutes.  I focused on two depictions of the "Good Shepard" and how lambs were  valued very highly through out civilization.

5. Early Middle Ages and the Romanesque Period

This is my favorite period because of the exotic and exquisite animals shown in art.  I really enjoyed this period because of The Unicorn Chronicles which I will explain in length on my title.  Beasts such as winged animals or lizards are discussed on my second title. Check it out! 

6. The Renaissance in Italy and Northern Europe

Lastly, my final two art forms show how dogs and peacocks (especially) are reflected in art.  Again, showing animals' significance through out our time.

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Work Cited:

Online Resources:

8. “Good Shepherd.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 30 Sept. 2019, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_Shepherd#/media/File:Rom,_Domitilla-Katakomben,_Der_gute_Hirte.jpg.

9. “Good Shepherd.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 30 Sept. 2019, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_Shepherd#/media/File:%22The_good_Shepherd%22_mosaic_-_Mausoleum_of_Galla_Placidia.jpg.

10. Web. <http://“The Hunt of the Unicorn.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 2 Oct. 2019, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hunt_of_the_Unicorn#/media/File:The_Unicorn_in_Captivity_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg.>.

11. "Animals in Medieval Art." The MET. The MET, 01 Sep 2000. Web. 14 Oct 2019. https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/best/hd_best.htm

12. Cain, A. (2019). Decoding Animals in Art History, From Immortal Peacocks to Lusty Rabbits. [online] Artsy. Available at: https://www.artsy.net/article/... [Accessed 14 Oct. 2019].