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Cultural Diffusion & the Silk Roads. Though known for his reputation as an expert on European baroque art and architecture, Rudolph Wittkower was also fascinated by what he called “the migration of symbols.” In his Allegory and the Migration of Symbols published in 1977, a number of the essays dealt with the migration of culture via overland and sea routes such as caravan roads, which obviously means the Silk Roads whose areas Wittkower described as “a great melting pot of cultural and artistic currents.”[1] Looking at the pictorial tradition generated by travellers on the Silk Roads like John de Mandeville... Continue »
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The Problem Applied to Indian Sculpture. Let us consider the cultural diffusionist paradigm as applied to the human figure in Indian sculpture. The conflict between polygenetic and monogenetic theories of cultures begins at the end of the seventeenth-century when Sir William Temple, early theorist of the picturesque and patron of Jonathan Swift, became the first to aver that India rather than Egypt “was the source of all knowledge concerning the arts and sciences.”[1] Temple went as far as to state that Pythagoras had imported his philosophical ideas from India into Greece and Italy; this line would be vigorously pursued by... Continue »
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Siena on the Silk Roads In the medieval period the town of Siena benefitted hugely from changes wrought by wars and migrations which impacted upon its geographical, cultural and economic situation. Rather than relying on domestic wealth of the wool-manufacturing trade- as Florence had- the Sienese took advantage of the “circulation of luxury goods stimulated in part by the Mongol integration of Eurasian markets.”[1] The leading circle of banking families in Siena who formed the “financial body” known as the Biccherna, turned their eyes towards the Silk Roads which promised trade and economic prosperity for their city. This would include... Continue »
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St Francis on the Silk Roads. If the mappamondo that once hung in the Town Hall were an indication of Siena’s interest in Asia, this would be the cartographical equivalent of connecting St Francis on the road to Siena emulating the behaviour of whirling dervishes of the mystical Arabian Sufis who journeyed along the Silk Roads.[1] Whether this can be called an example of religious diffusionism or parallel occurrence remains open to question; but the link whether imaginative or real has not deterred art historians, both living and dead, from connecting the Assisi monk with African and Asian religious groups.... Continue »
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Coda: Silk, Painting & Florence Throughout this course we have looked at the art of the Silk Roads. To end we shall consider the link between silks and a famous painting in Florence: Masaccio’s Madonna and Christ. In this painting the Virgin Mary wears a purple cloak that is embroidered with words. This is an example of Tiraz, namely borders of textiles embellished in Arabic with silk threads.[1] These were “standard for all textiles in Islamic countries” and they became much admired in Christian countries, as a result of Silk Road commerce. It is probably the case that the renaissance... Continue »
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1 ) Map of Different World Cultures. 2) Unknown artist, John de Mandeville, 1459. 3) Cotton plant as imagined and drawn by John Mandeville; "There grew there [India] a wonderful tree which bore tiny lambs on the endes of its branches. These branches were so pliable that they bent down to allow the lambs to feed when they are hungrie." 4) Descent of the Ganges (Mahabalipuram), Bay of Bengal, c. 7th cent AD. 5) Descent of the Ganges (Mahabalipuram) viewed by Indian women. 6) Yakshi from Bharut, c. 100 BC, stone, 2.14 m, Indian Museum, Calcutta. 7) Female figure with... Continue »
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