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ART & PROPAGANDA (The Art of War!)

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Merriam-Webster defined “PROPAGANDA” as “ideas or statements that are often false or exaggerated and that are spread in order to help a cause, a political leader, a government, and so on.” For centuries, art has been wielded by oppressive governments and power-hungry leaders in order to further their own motives, as well as to simply promote the greater good of a society. Propaganda often manifests itself in writing, film, speech, government and news reports, and the rewriting of history, also it can well powerfully depicted through pieces of art. Paintings, sculptures, architecture, metalwork, and drawing can all be manipulated to portray a message that the artist wishes others to consider. Propaganda exists through art before the invention of writing, and can be traced namely through the Ancient Near Eastern, Egyptian, and Greek cultures.

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Ancient Mesopotamian Propaganda Art (Standard of Ur)
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In more modern times, some great religious art could have been considered propaganda, although it’s not thought of that way now. There was the Nazi “art” that we consider propaganda. There was the Gettysburg Address, a political speech that has come to be seen as perhaps the greatest American prose poem. Perhaps one man’s art is another man’s propaganda, although we hate to think this, but it is to be honest the truth about art. When we see an art, we see the perspective of it’s maker, the artist.

Propaganda art—whether a depiction of joyous workers in the style of socialist realism or a film directed by Steve Bannon—always delivers a message. Propaganda does not merely make a political point; it aims to construct reality itself.

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Propaganda is most well known in the form of war posters. But at its core, it is a mode of communication aimed at influencing the attitude of a community toward some cause or position, and that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Although propaganda is often used to manipulate human emotions by displaying facts selectively, it can also be very effective at conveying messages.

In conclusion, Art & Propaganda will altruistically form a bond that can convey messages to the audience effectively

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Contributor: Benaya Stephen

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