WhoOwns the Art
Oflate, demands for the repatriation of art have been on the upsurge.Many countries now want paintings, sculptures, and other items ofcultural and historical relevance returned to places of origin (Wolf,2016). For instance, Egypt has demanded the Rossetta Stone, which isan Egyptian artifact that is on display in a British museum to bereturned to its rightful country (Charney, 2015). Inherently, Isupport the repatriation of stolen works of art, even if they havebeen on display in international museums for decades or longer. Somepeople argue against repatriation on the basis that the art wassanctioned by the laws of the past. Nevertheless, such laws existedduring the colonial period meaning that the artifact may have beentaken without the consent of the native country. Since the items werenot obtained via mutual consent, their storage in internationalmuseums is illegitimate. Moreover, I believe that museums should onlycontain items that reflect their cultural heritage in such a manner,all stolen works of art should be repatriated or returned to theircountries of origin as they reflect the cultural heritage of thoseregions. If this is not done, international museums will be sending amessage that it is okay to steal art and use loops in internationallaws to justify the crimes.
ArtworkThat Made a Difference to Me
TheMonaLisaby Leonardo da Vinci, which was painted during the Renaissance era ofthe Middle Ages is one painting that made me appreciate thecomplexity and finesse of art. Besides being moved by its beauty, Iwas surprised to learn that it is painted using an almost forgottentechnique, yet Leonardo managed to perfect it. Essentially, thistechnique is called sfumato, which is Italian for smoke it entailsthe intensive process of applying pigments or paints in multiple thinlayers to create the final masterpiece (Harris, 2013). It is exactlydue to this reason that Leonardo took long to complete the paintinghe had painted the portrait the first time, waited for it to dry,then repeated the process a couple hundred more times. Very fewpeople have ever mastered this technique in addition, its use hasbecome scarce over the years. For this reason, the MonaLisais a one of a kind work of art. Moreover, I was intrigued to realizethat the eyes in the MonaLisaseem to follow the observer around. After some research, I nowunderstand that this is achieved through a technique known asSilberblick, which creates the optical illusion of moving eyes(Lipton& Regan, 2013).
TheValue of Art in Education
Ihave noticed that art is often considered less important than othersubjects. For instance, when faced with cuts in funding, many publicschools tend to eliminate art classes and retain others, such associal studies, which they deem more important. Nevertheless, this iswrong and should be discouraged. Art is equally as important asother subjects are. Essentially, its greatest merit is that itencourages creativity among students, and creativity is thecornerstone of the application of all forms of knowledge (Chappell &Cahnmann-Taylor, 2013). It would be futile to encourage mathematicsas well as social and biological sciences if students do not know howthey can use knowledge in these fields to solve the problems thatcurrently plague the society. Intrinsically, art classes allowstudents to develop the needed creativity as well as diverseperspectives on life (Vitulli, Pitts Santoli, & Fresne, 2013).Effectively, only creative minds can know how best to apply knowledgeto meet various needs of the society. In such a manner, I believethat the arts should not be belittled rather, they should be used inconjunction with other subjects in order to allow students to developinnovative solutions to various problems that trouble the societytoday overall, the arts are important.
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