What is the political purpose of a work of art?.
Good and Bad GovernmentAmbrogio Lorenzetti
These frescoes offer an argument about what constitutes good government. The frescoes also make a further argument about why good government matters….
Peace—based on a Roman sarcophagus fragment—Fortitude and Prudence
The mother Earth (Tellus Mater) nurtures the Roman People
on either side: the land wind (left): swan, jug of fresh water, and the vegetation symbolizes fertility of Roman farms and the sea wind (right): Rome’s dominance over the Mediterranean
This fresco is meant to demonstrate what is possible if a city is governed well.Notice the 1. overall visual coherence and 2. feeling of natural scale between the figures and their environment.
No such comprehensive panorama of the natural world and its human inhabitants is know to us from the entire previous history of art--
There is no single point of view (he is a medieval painter)—the artist instead wants to show the viewer as much as possible of the landscape.