All is Fair in Love and War There is a saying that is passed around within the military community that states, “For those who have never served, freedom has a taste the protected will never know. ” Freedom has been protected at all costs throughout the centuries and people have been inspired for centuries through the use of art. In regards to those individuals that do fight for that freedom, the people of their country generally tend to respect and honor their label. One of the most Inspiring resources political parties used to create an opinion for the people to support is artist work.
With the use of art in both the statue of Augustus of Primaporta and Precision Pride, and the regards toward military respect, artists have suggestively persuaded others opinions through their work to create a supporting or disapproved idea of a political disposition or military stand point. The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines freedom as: “free-dom noun Vfre-dam 1 : the quality or state of being free: as a : the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action b : liberation from lavery or restraint or from the power of an other. ” (http://www. merriam- webster. com/dlctlonary/freedom).
So. freedom can refer to speech, writing, or even art. As a brief example, look at propaganda during World War II. The American government paid an exorbitant amount of money to fund artists, like graphic designers, to create subliminal messages. Some posters were directed toward men to persuade them to Join the military and defend their country, whereas other propaganda posters were created to persuade women to find secure Jobs and replace the men in the workplace. World War II was a great time for artists and raphic designers alike because of the high demand for propaganda, or advertising.
Artists found a way to communicate across all realms to the American people, whether one was literate or Illiterate. A relative question one might wonder Is If It is fair to heavily persuade someone to do things, or sign up for something, without their full acknowledgement or complete understanding of the issue. The answer to that question can be yes or no. If Its not fair, then let’s do away with advertising, or even graphic arts. If it is fair, then how far can one go to subliminally make people do something that they really do not care to do.
The appropriate question is whether or not there was ever a time period where art wasnt used to persuade others in propaganda or subliminal advertising. The statue of Augustus of Primaporta was discovered in April of 1863 and recognized as a promotional piece of art to persuade the opinion of his people In his favor. However, it was actually sculpted in the early fifth century. Augustus was said to be an “Imperator”, or a commander-in-chief, as one would call him today (http:// tots clothing and armor. He has his right hand pointed in the air as if he were addressing his men before battle.
While Augustus is confident, authoritative, and liberated in his stance, his facial expression shows to be calm. He is not wearing sandals or shoes, leaving him barefoot, and seemingly more relatable amongst the average person in the community at that time. On the bottom of the sculpture Cupid riding a dolphin which could be interpreted as Augustus’ “supposed is seen mythical ancestry to the goddess Venus (Cupid’s mother) by way of his adopted father Julius Ceasar” (http://en. wikipedia. org/wiki/Augustus_of_Prima_Porta). This connection shows that Augustus was a god, although he didn’t take to titles very well.
The statue of Augustus of Primaporta is said to be of the western art era. There is no denying that the statue is also of ancient Greek descent. However, in that time period, the Romans also placed their own style within the traditional Greek sculptures. The statue of Augustus of Primaporta is clearly a depiction of the military and the authoritative position that Augustus held at that time. In a way, the statue could be viewed as subliminal messaging because of his stance, title and clothing, however, it is not as evident as it is in the second image, Precision Pride.
Precision Pride is a pencil drawing depicting “the Marine Special Operations Command forces and their combat deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom”. (http://www. soloveyart. com/usmc. htm). As anyone can see, the drawing has many Marines throughout the print. One Marine is parachuting from a plane, another is patrolling the waters and other men are simply holding guns. The Marine that stands out the most from the others, is the Marine in the top right corner, second person in.
His stance is similar to that of Augustus because his demeanor is hat of confidence, authority, and protection; as if to portray that he would go through hell and back to defend what is his. While his stance is strong, his facial expression is calm, but intimidating at the same time. The motto of the Marine Corps League is, “Once a Marine, always a Marine” (http://www. usmcpress. com/heritage/ usmc slogans. htm). This is a true statement. Once a person has earned the title of a Marine, almost like earning the title of Imperator, they will always be included in an elite group of men and women, whether they are retired, active duty, or reserve.
Precision Pride is a depiction of pride, freedom, and integrity that shows some of the same characteristics as the Augustus of Primaporta statue. The very same characteristics that have been used in emulate the respected ideas behind political parties and military support through the use of art. In both images, the men are in charge and defending their beliefs, and both men are ina position of authority. These characteristics are directed to the audience in order for them to respect their position, and instill the desire to obtain that respect, through both pieces of art.
While the statue of Augustus is immaculate with its marble finish and detailed orients in his clothing, Precision Pride is simple, yet shows everything one needs to know about a Marine. Similar to the Roman army, the Marines Corps is a branch that is known to be a more elite group of men and women because of the intense basic training. With that elite background of both military forces they find it easier to obtain the respect of the people, despite what war demands a person to do in regards with their morals. Considering the lack of morals and values in regards to idioms. thefreedictionary. om/All’s+fair+in+love+and+war).
That answer could also go both ways but what truly condones the respect of the people is that it’s their military force that is defending their freedom; and like many desires, people tend to desire the idea of being respected. With this acknowledgement, artist could find a way to strengthen the idea of this respectable factor and recruit the loved opinion of that of the people, or recruit the people alike. One could say that love and war serve on two different sides of the spectrum, but whether you’re a Marine or an Imperator love and war are one in the same and can be used as a romotional piece of art.
In the face of love, there will always be war. Love of country, community, or even in love for being defending. Art helps display that image and assist in the beginning of a new generation of artists that hold the power to start a war, civil movement, or conflict. However, artist have the same power to stop war, give political gain in regards to war, and reinforce the demand of morals in warfare to illustrate the ideals of one specific countries stand point. Even though the Augustus statue is from the western art era and the other, Precision Pride, is contemporary they both show the ifference and similarities in forms of art.
The statue is chiseled out of marble and Precision Pride is a pencil drawing showing tones and shades throughout the print, and even still, at the end of the day, both pieces of artwork depict that all is fair, in love and war. “Images of Augustus statue of primaporta”. Google Images. 2012. I chose to use this source because I thought it was the best picture for the fit of my paper. I think google is a good and reliable source for images. “United States Marine Corps. The Solovey Art Collection. 2002-2012. . I decided to use this source because I liked the artwork that the artist created.
I am a Marine and I like to see different depictions of the military through the use of art. “Definition of Freedom”. Merriam-Webster Dictionary. 2012.. I wanted to include a technical definition of freedom because it is a word that can be defined in many terms. I wanted my audience to know how I was using the word “freedom” in the context of my paper. “Imperator”. The Free Dictionary by Farlex. 2012.. I wasn’t sure what the definition of Imperator was so I researched into it and found a good definition of the word.
I assumed that my audience would question the eaning of it as well, so that is why I decided to include the definition. Augustus of Prima Porta. Wikipedia The Free Encyclopedia. 12 September 2012.. I decided to use this source because it had an encompassing story of Augustus and how the statue was found. Sturkey, Marion F. “Heritage Press International”. Warrior Culture of the U. S. Mannes. 2001.. active duty Marine, but I will always be titled a Marine. I wanted to include this worksite because I think it is a fair statement, as well as, a good source for other Marine quotes and sayings.