Time Traveling Historian
October 14, 2012
Time Traveling Historian
As a child I often pondered what it would have been like to live in another time. A time far removed from the time I currently lived in. Would it have been as exciting to live in then as I imagined it to be in my head and would it look anything remotely like I had envisioned it in my “mind’s eye”? In order for me to finally realize my childhood dream I decided to take it upon myself to build a time machine. The question is once I got the time machine built, where would it take me? Would I go back into the past or go forward into the future? I decided that I would choose to go back ...view middle of the document...
This period had enormous amounts of historical benefit to culture and the arts. As I made my way through the city I believed to be Pergamon, I marveled at the beauty of the sculptures that adorned the architecture. “This Hellenistic city was grand in vision, designed on a large scale and embellished with a profusion of ornament” (Benton & DiYanni, 2008, p. 86). The 400 hundred feet long relief sculptures of the “Battle of the Gods and the Giants” on sides of the podium of the “Alter of Zeus” at Pergamon which would be celebrated for millennia to come.
As I made my way through the narrow city streets, I came upon another addition to the grand friezes’ of Hellenistic Greece, and that was of “Gandhara”. I stepped into an alley way so as not to attract too much attention to myself as I looked through my history book to find the chapter on the Trojan horse. The Gandhara frieze depicts the prophetess Cassandra and the priest Lancoön as they block the entry into Troy (Benton & DiYanni, 2008, p. 89). The sheer size of this relief sculpture is amazing in itself. How much time must it have taken to create these works of art with what I considered to be crudely made tools? Albeit they were most likely to be current with the tools of the sculpting trade back in 323 B.C. The quality of the craftsmanship was sure to stand the test of time.
The sun was beginning to set as sat quietly scribbling down as many notes as I could before I would have to turn around and retrace my steps to go back to my time machine. I found myself ready for my next adventure. Where would the next spin of the counter take me? Perhaps I would go to see the Great Wall of China or maybe I would get the view the beauty of the stained-glass windows of the Romanesque Cathedrals of the Late Middle Ages. What I did know was that I would not get to see anything if I did not start the counter. I closed my eyes for only what seemed to be just a moment or two before I hit the counter again to stop the time machine. I was ready for my next adventure.
The Early 20th Century
The counter on the time machine read 1907. From the looks of the city streets and the signs that hung above the doors of the buildings, I could tell exactly where I was. Paris, France. I could feel the anticipation welling up inside of me that very moment! I was going to experience, first hand, my favorite artistic styles. Of course I am referring to the “avant-garde movement known as the “isms”, or more specifically, fauvism, cubism, futurism, and expressionism. If I had to define what “isms” are, I would say that they are an art movement or a type or style of art. “A specific common philosophy or goal generally started by one person and then followed by a group of artists of that time and often duplicated by others in during a later time” (Wikimedia Foundation, Inc, 2012, para 1). I was regretful that I arrived after the “Fauvism” period. “Fauvism” was a named coined for paintings with wild brush strokes and no...