21 Mar

[Stefanie Ponce]

What has resonated most with me is the evolvement of the ‘visual vernacular’. I had never put much thought into how much images have changed over time, and how much value they hold in our society and history. In class we learnt that art was first a form of currency, and a credential of wealth and power, as Lords would commission artists to paint landscapes of their land, and in an example given in class, a Duke even paid to have his mistress painted. This idea of visual importance has endured even to today where advertisements invite you to imagine yourself as the people you look at, and lead you to believe that if you purchase a jacket like that man in the ad, you too will be elegant, and handsome.



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