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Running head: ART HISTORY; ARTICLE SUMMARY
Art history; article summary
ART HISTORY; ARTICLE SUMMARY
Art is something that is created with a broad imagination and skill, which is beautiful and
expresses important ideas and feelings. It may be in form of paintings, drawings and sculptures.
Symbolism is the use of words or an object to represent a different meaning.
The Shang era is also known as the bronze age of China, as bronze was mostly used to
make weapons, part of chariots and ritual vessels. This brings me to the Shang decoration, and
whether there was any symbolic meaning attached to the Shang bronze. To have a better
understanding of this analogy, let’s briefly look at decorations and question of meaning in other
religious context. I will take into consideration two famous insular manuscripts of the gospel, the
Lindisfarne Gospel and the Book of Kells. . I will use the chosen insular manuscripts to compare
with Shang bronzes, because in both cases the decoration is derived from the animals
In the Lindisfarne book, there contains a decorated cross. Differently decorated crosses
face the beginnings of each book of the gospel. On one of the decorations, the animals visible are
interlaced birds and dogs. Interlace designs are two dimensional configurations with an implied
third dimension, and are not easy to disentangle .For each of the four Gospels, there are different
crosses ,worked out in different designs. So, is there any meaning ...