Artistic Approaches to Politics and Rulership

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Artists have used numerous approaches to express their feelingsregarding politics and leadership since time immemorial. Artists haveused marble carvings to depict rulership in the past. A classicexample is (The Pharaoh) Khafre 26th Century BCE. Thecurving portrays the Pharaoh sitting on the throne. The figurine isalso another stone carving depicting a woman seated on a throne chairwith two lion heads on the armrest. The carving portrays theleadership of women even when the society was male dominated. Itshows that, contrary to written history, some societies were female-dominated. The ‘lion on the Relief in the Palace of AssurnasirpalII c. 875-860 bce, Iraq’ shows the fearlessness of the politicalleaders in war.

Artists have also used metal and bronze as approaches to politics andrulership. The best examples include those of ‘Crowned Head of aRuler Ifé, YorubaNigeria12th-15th centuryBronze’ and ‘Memorial Head of an ObaBenin, Nigeria16th century CE Brass.’ Using the artisticapproaches, we can see that the two crowns were worn by women. Onceagain this approach was effective in demystifying the notion thatwomen did not hold any positions of influence. The ‘Sacrifice ofIsaac Filippo Brunelleschi Florence, Italy 1401-1402 CE’ is adepiction of politics during those ages.

Artists also used paintings as approaches to politics. This gives thepolitical impressions that they wish to communicate to the public,but in a hidden manner An example includes that of ‘Palace Chapelof Charlemagne Aachen, Germany Constructed 792-805 CE’. The pieceof art portrays the palace as a beautiful building with state-of–theart decorations. The ‘Lindua Gospels of Austria’ create an imageof empathy. The piece of art portrays the Ottonians control ofGermany, Austria and Switzerland.

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