Symbolism And Symbolism Of Art Essay

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In art, a symbol is usually a solid, recognizable thing – an animal, a plant, an object, etc. – that stands for something that would be hard to show in a picture or a sculpture. A symbol can also stand for someone’s whole story. (Smithsonian Education) Symbolism represents a synthesis of form and feeling, of reality and the artist’s inner subjectivity. (Myers) Symbolism is often times associated with the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists from 1870 – 1900 who believed their emotions and sensations were important for elements for interpreting nature, but the depiction of nature remained a primary focus of their efforts. (Gardner, Kleiner) There is symbolism all over in different aspects of art, not just during the late 1800’s time period. The Ancient Greek have symbolism practically everywhere in their artwork and in their mythology. The Greek mind thought in terms of what actually was in order to suggest vividly and immediately what actually might be. This is one of the chief reasons why Greek art does not feel exotic nor become antiquated. (Robinson) The owl has been used in multiple cultures throughout history from Native American folklore, the Middle Ages in Europe, Roman mythology, and even Greek mythology. The owl has often times been associated with wisdom and even with witchcraft and medicine. In the mythology of Ancient Greece, Athene, the Goddess of Wisdom, was so impressed by the great eyes and solemn appearance of the Owl that, having banished the…

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