Friday, October 31, 2014

The Many Faces of Historic Design

By Gretchen Sawatzki

Human and animal forms have been a part of art and design for nearly 30,000 years and represent all types of cultures, religions, and ideologies. These forms have been reinterpreted throughout history and have found their place in stained glass windows, furniture, and architectural elements. These four faces will not only inspire you, but also change your opinion of human and animal forms in design.

Image by Hannah Manning via Materials Unlimited

Lions have been used in imagery since the Stone Age and were popular in Egyptian culture symbolizing protection and power. The lion has been used historically in Greek mythology and has become the national symbol of England.

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Forms of Grecian women have been used to adorn public buildings since the founding of our nation. These forms were meant to symbolize liberty and democracy and were even used inside domestic homes as well.

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A Satyr in Greek mythology was a horse-like humanoid and champion of Dionysus, the god of the grape harvest, winemaking, and fertility. A creature said to be found in the forest and is often associated with pipe-playing, this form dates to as early as 1,500 BC.

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Angels are recognized in ecclesiastical design as being guardians of humans and intermediaries between heaven and earth. Today angelic forms are found in many areas of design, but their roots lay in the cathedrals of Gothic Europe as early as the 12th century.

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