|Arnolfini Wedding by Jan Van Eyck|
This stuff really fascinates me because in this time we don't often think how seemly small changes like this changed the arts and there fore people and communities. Why artists in certain areas use a certain pallet of color, why paintings look so different, how different needs of society dictated what art was accepted or not. Life is much more interrelated than we realize, it is one of the reasons I loved a show that used to be on public tv ions ago..it was called connections. Connections showed the relationship of invention, politics, economics, and well...life. When one mollusk died that painters used that color of purple was never used again. How the flax crops dying in England effected art and a country. What will todays influences be, what will change art...we have already seen art, computers and technology alter our understanding of what art is. It will be very interesting indeed!