What better way to discover the history surrounding a work of art than to visit the city where it was originally created? You will choose any artwork from any of the TALK museums to research, but it cannot be the same work you choose for the TALK assignment and the artwork cannot be made in Houston. You will want to print the and documents so that you can refer to them while you are doing your research.
Art Historians agree that the geographical location in which a work was made affects the work’s style and meaning. Works made in the same general time period often share iconographic elements. Certain materials and techniques may be more prevalent in one geographical region and scarce in another during different time periods. These are the kinds of discoveries you will make in your travels. The TRAVEL documents you print will help you plan your trip so you know what to research in your travels.
Art helps construct the way societies grow and change, creating what is called culture. The values and mores of a society are created and reflected by its art. Patrons such as Kings, Pharaohs, and even today’s middle class patrons can sway the production of one work or one artist over another. Elements of art will last while others will fade away, only to be revived years later after taking a rest from the pages of Art History.
Art remains, however, a connecting force between peoples of all ages, places and especially after long periods of time have passed.