[Fwd: Egyptian art show]

Yoshie Furuhashi furuhashi.1 at SPAMosu.edu
Sun Sep 19 12:16:31 MDT 1999

>Macdonald Stainsby wrote:
>> >On the contrary I believe our historians have been imposing their own
>> >views of common labourers in more modern and particularly capitalist
>> >times of how they assume ancient ruling classes treated their workers.
>> >One hesitates to idealize those ancient societies, but I believe the
>> >grunts who raised the massive rocks in the Pyramids were able to take as
>> >much pride and satisfaction in the precise placing of their huge rocks
>> >as did the sculpters who carved  statues of Pharoahs with such skill and
>> >artistic sensitivity.
>> >
>> What has always struck me in my studies of the works of the Egyptian era is
>> the immensity of it all. . . .
>It would take a lot more than an (inevitably) anachronistic aesthetic
>appreciation of Egyptian art to change my perspective on the pyramids, the
>catherals, Tibetan butter scultpure, and the World Trade Center as
>all of a kind: dripping with human blood.

Perspectives like Gerald Van's have existed within the loosely defined
leftist views on art and artifacts at least since the 19th century (e.g.
John Ruskin) championing this or that age, this or that genre, this or that
culture, but it never struck me as quite persuasive.


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