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The Artist and the Art The history of art dates back to ancient times Artwork can be and was found around the world What makes art interesting is that it can be created in any way shape or form with any materials It seems that the artwork can also tell us a lot about the artist Art seems to be simply a direct visual reflection of the artists life Therefore one can assume that an artists life experiences and beliefs directly influence their art If we look at examples from different periods of art we will be able to see the connection between the artist and the art One of the earliest examples of beliefs and tradition affecting art can be seen in Ancient art The ancient Egyptians had a strong belief in life On the other hand they also had greater faith in the afterlife They believed that a dead body should have been preserved as efficiently as possible This is due to the fact that they believed the spirit or ka would return to the body in which it came from from time to time In preserving the body they had to remove the internal organs so that they wouldnt deteriorate inside the body This is where art influenced by beliefs can be seen The four Canopic Jars which are considered art were reserved for the function of holding the internal organs They date back to 1070 to 712 BC Each jar represented a different species They were a human baboon falcon and jackal They were also known as the Four Sons of Horus This is an example of beliefs influencing art however there are also examples of how life experiences can influence art An early example of art influenced by the artists experiences can be observed in the High Renaissance In April 1508 Julius II summoned Michelangelo back to Rome but he was still not able to start on the
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