The Impact of Ancient Masterpieces on Lives Today
Famous paintings play a crucial role in our society today. Some of these works were done centuries ago but their effect and importance is still felt today. They are famous because they are of superior quality. There are different roles portraits play in the society today. To begin with, they take us down the memory lane.
History should be guarded closely and that is why most famous pieces of arts are heavily guarded is because they depict a history, a history that we need never to forget. An example of a painting that depicts rich history is Guernica, one of Pablo Picasso most famous paintings. When German bombers hit the Basque town of Guernica on claims that they were supporting General Franco’s nationalist forces during the Spanish Civil war, Picasso reached for Paint and worked on Guernica. Currently, the painting that was completed in June 1937 can be viewed at Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid. Looking at the painting, you see the suffering the people might have undergone when the city was bombed. History teachers find this piece of information a complimentary to their theory class work. The history of Spain is partially shared in the painting.
Paintings also earn the governments a lot of revenue. People flock museums to taka a look from far and wide. Most of these people are tourists that earn governments the much needed foreign exchange. Mona Lisa, the world’s most famous portrait that hangs in Louvre in Paris attracts a whopping six million views every year, and majority of these are tourist that visit the French capital. A trip to Paris is actually incomplete without taking a look at the smiling face of that beautiful face, Leonardo Da Vinci should have lived longer than he did to realize the benefits the portrait he worked on for almost 20 years is appreciated. The French government has so far fetched a fortune from this painting and the numbers are still growing.
New painters usually motivates by these ancient masterpieces. By taking a look at what others did decades ago and comparing with their own works, the new artist are likely to find ways to fine tune their own paintings. Not all paintings can match Mona Lisa but at least, a painter would realize that quality is achievable in this industry. However, painters today have a different form of motivation, they dwell so much on the how to cash in on their paintings. As a result, they come up with numerous paintings of sorrow quality that don’t fetch much from the market. Painting requires passion and dedication as opposed to the mere drive for money.
Finally, these pieces of art are a depiction of our society, the evils and the goods and the culture. Painters, like writers share their views through the ink. They communicate messages, share information, and discourage evil practices in the society. They make our society conscious of its actions and desist from committing actions that might harm another member of the very society. There are numerous paintings about wars that are meant to discourage a recurrence of the same in future. A picture is indeed worth a thousand words.