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Art is something which can be analyzed to give deeper insight as to the common values and beliefs shared by the members of a certain society Regardless of the place of origin or the time period of a form of art it will always be a reflection of the social structure in which its creators lived However the way the artist perceives the culture common to his time period is very relative People pertaining to a higher social class had different values and ideologies than members of a lower class This different view of life can be seen very clearly in individual forms of art such as painting and music These specific forms of artistic expression required very little money thus could be exercised by anyone including members of a lower class Other forms of art such as architecture and sculpture required more money and in most cases wealthy patrons such as kings or queens Architecture also required large numbers of workers which often made it hard to see any individual influence in the design however showed the collective ideology of all of the people involved The cost of labor and materials was also so great that very affluent members of society were needed to financially support the whole process Sculpture was also an artistry that required great amounts of material and labor This resulted in a more normative form of art which portrayed societal aspects in a way that was of interest to the financial backers By studying both popular and normative art together it is possible to obtain a greater perspective on a specific culture Outside influences from other countries can also affect the art and the artists of a certain society As a country sees more and more immigrants from a certain area the art will begin to reflect the ideologies these outsiders bring in with them This same change can be seen more drastically in the case of an invasion
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