Title

Some (Un) holy War

Comments

Art History Session 3: Art in Context: Reexamining Art with the Period Eye
Mentor: Dr. Anne H. Muraoka

Description/Abstract

Guernica was known as The Holy City of the Basque people. The Nationalists bombed the town during the Spanish Civil War. Picasso captured this tragic event in his monumental Guernica. The painting has largely been read by viewers and scholars as simply an anti-war work, but what if it was more than that? This paper argues that Picasso’s Guernica serves a critical religious function. The display of religious symbols were intended to strike a sentimental chord with viewers, and would have helped in their understanding, and healing.

Presentation Type

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Location

Learning Commons @ Perry Library, Room 1306

Start Date

2-18-2017 11:30 AM

End Date

2-18-2017 12:30 PM

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Feb 18th, 11:30 AM Feb 18th, 12:30 PM

Some (Un) holy War

Learning Commons @ Perry Library, Room 1306

Guernica was known as The Holy City of the Basque people. The Nationalists bombed the town during the Spanish Civil War. Picasso captured this tragic event in his monumental Guernica. The painting has largely been read by viewers and scholars as simply an anti-war work, but what if it was more than that? This paper argues that Picasso’s Guernica serves a critical religious function. The display of religious symbols were intended to strike a sentimental chord with viewers, and would have helped in their understanding, and healing.