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    John Updike's Icons

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    An icon is a symbol that is permanently significant, timeless, easily recognized, cultural significance, an artifact (human made), and not a celebrity (icon picture of a celebrity). One icons that fits this category is Mickey Mouse’s silhouette because when we look at Mickey it’s one big circle for the head and two smaller circles for the ears that we can easily identify it as Mickey Mouse. Another icon that fits the categories is the photo of Firefighters at Ground Zero. The is taken after the September 11 attack on America, the photo has a resembles of the Battle of Iwo Jima. An icon can have different meaning to the people that views the icon. John Updike’s icon image is Mickey Mouse because he has a personal connection as he grew up watch…

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    After reading the “Slate” article and listening to the “Icon For Access” podcast, two opposite approaches to whether or not the international wheelchair symbol should be redesigned, I was able to learn about the affordance of different modes and the reaction each can get. Modes are methods of communicating or getting something across. Audio narration, alphabetic text, video interview, soundtrack, and image are all examples of modes. These modes can be utilized to help circulate (spread…

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    Is Iconoclasm Acceptable?

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    Is Iconoclasm acceptable? Today we have encountered numerous situations of iconoclasm. Iconoclasm means “icon-breaking,” which includes the religious as well as the political destruction of images or monuments usually, not always, by those of another group (Džalto). There are many examples in the past and even recently that prove that iconoclasm still exists today. Thus, iconoclasm is the destruction of icons and sometimes it is believed that it is done because of the difference between…

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    The theme/text that I found enriching and challenging is Iconoclasm. Before this class, I had only heard a little-bit about icons, and I was ignorant and ambivalent about the controversy. I discovered through this class that icons are central to Eastern Christian theology and identity. For Eastern Christians, icons are used in religious contexts and also venerated by touching, kissing, bowing in front of them, and lighting candles—these Christians are iconophiles (icon lovers). Icons were…

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    Byzantine Art Themes

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    Byzantine art, especially Byzantine icons, can be commonly be referred to as sacred art. As described by art historian, Herbert Read, Byzantine art is “the purest form of religious art that Christianity has experienced.” (Cavarnos, pg. 25). Due to Byzantine art’s deep rooting in the Christian faith, most of the depictions of this art period are religious figures. Most of the icons are closely associated with wooden panel painting (Brooks, p. 1). The many themes found within Byzantine art…

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    greater social commentary on Trump and the implications he has on society. In the political cartoon there is the most obvious visual, which is the signifier, and the message it is sending, which is the signified. The signifier in this context is the portrait of Donald Trump with the wall inside his mouth paired with the clipboard that lists Trump’s platform. The signified in this context is the message that the platform Trump is running on should be blocked. The message is signified through the…

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    thing to do. Martha tells him to promise her that he will do it, the scene ends with the two embracing in a kiss under the rain. This scene evokes a lot of emotion. As the readers feelings are manipulated with sympathizing with both Thomas and Martha as the two embraced love towards each other. With the use of these rhetorical devices, it helps bring emphasis on the theme of losing one 's humanity, as Thomas and Martha Wayne both did as they both being cold and heartless in their own way.…

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    than 4 saints. These saints appear to be in a more comfortable place than the first piece. I see the saints admiring the Virgin and the child rather than guarding the Virgin and the child in the first piece. Even though they both seemed to be religious, this piece looks like they are at an event to meet the Virgin and Christ. The age of the child looks to be older than the first piece. In this piece everyone has a hat on except the Virgin. This piece was painted (ca. 1200-1600) which was…

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    Jan Van Eyck's Iconography

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    Iconography: Iconography is the practice of perceiving a visual work for more than what it is plainly seen as. Through different lenses a viewer can assume more deeper meanings about the artwork. These assumptions can be related to many areas such as: time period, how it relates to literature, social classes, culture, values, and the relationship between the artist and his/her subject. An example of how we learned, as a class, to use iconography was with our observation of Jan Van Eyck’s…

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    All through Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897), the use of the well known catholic symbols are used for protection from the anti-Christ. Catholic symbols like the rosary, the cross, prayer ritual, and the Holy Communion Host are used for protection to overcoming the evil Count Dracula. Stoker places Catholic symbols to defend and fight the evil of Count Dracula. From the beginning of Dracula, these symbols are used to say that Protestant modernity alone will not get you through life’s struggles.…

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