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1 What is the political purpose of a work of art?

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3 The Bayeux Tapestry Romanesque Period Battle of Hastings Duke Williams II of Normandy The Bayeux Tapestry (actually an embroidery measuring over 230 feet long and 20 inches wide) describes the Norman invasion of England and the events that led up to it. It is believed that the Tapestry was commissioned by Bishop Odo, bishop of Bayeux and the half-brother of William the Conqueror. The Tapestry contains hundreds of images divided into scenes each describing a particular event. The scenes are joined into a linear sequence allowing the viewer to "read" the entire story starting with the first scene and progressing to the last. The Tapestry would probably have been displayed in a church for public view.

4 The Bayeux Tapestry Romanesque Period Battle of Hastings Duke Williams II of Normandy History is written by the victors and the Tapestry is above all a Norman document. In a time when the vast majority of the population was illiterate, the Tapestry's images were designed to tell the story of the conquest of England from the Norman perspective. It focuses on the story of William, making no mention of Hardrada of Norway nor of Harold's victory at Stamford Bridge.

5 Ambrogio Lorenzetti View of the frescoes Sala dei Nove, Palazzo Pubblico, Siena

6 Ambrogio Lorenzetti's most revolutionary achievement - one of the most remarkable accomplishments of the Renaissance - is the fresco series that lines three walls of the room in the Palazzo Pubblico where Siena's chief magistrates, the Nine, held their meetings (Sala dei Nove). These frescoes offer an argument about what constitutes good government. The frescoes make a further argument about why good government matters….

7 Ambrogio Lorenzetti Allegory of the Good Government Palazzo Pubblico, Siena

8 Ambrogio Lorenzetti Detail: Allegory of the Good Government Palazzo Pubblico, Siena

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10 Detail: Allegory of the Good Government Palazzo Pubblico, Siena

11 Ambrogio Lorenzetti detail: Effects of Good Government on the City Life Palazzo Pubblico, Siena

12 Ambrogio Lorenzetti detail: Effects of Good Government on the City Life

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17 Ambrogio Lorenzetti detail: Effects of Good Government in the Countryside

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22 Paolo Uccello He was fascinated with perspective. Thee three scenes from the Battle of San Romano represent a new, more realistic way of depicting spacecalled linear perspective. Linear perspective uses a single vanishing point.

23 What is the purpose of these paintings? They once decorated three walls of a bed chamber in the Medici Palaceat one point this bedroom was occupied by Lorenzo the Magnificent.

24 Paolo Uccello Niccolò da Tolentino Leads the Florentine Troops 1450s Tempera on wood, 182 x 320 cm National Gallery, London

25 Detail Paolo Uccello Niccolò da Tolentino Leads the Florentine Troops 1450s

26 Paolo Uccello Bernardino della Ciarda Thrown Off His Horse 1450s Tempera on wood, 182 x 220 cm Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

27 Detail Paolo Uccello Bernardino della Ciarda Thrown Off His Horse 1450s

28 Detail Paolo Uccello Bernardino della Ciarda Thrown Off His Horse 1450s

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30 Paolo Uccello Micheletto da Cotignola Engages in Battle 1450s Tempera on wood, 180 x 316 cm Musée du Louvre, Paris

31 Detail Paolo Uccello Micheletto da Cotignola Engages in Battle


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