Prevailing Revolutionary Imagery: A Comparison Betwen Iconic Images In The French And Syrian Revolutions
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AbstractThere is a common thread in revolutionary wars. They materialize out of the same wants and needs of overlooked people. In the most recent and well-noted revolutions, working classes revolted against the established government. These people rise up, demand rights and democracy, and desire to abolish their dictator or monarchy. Artists living during these conflicts are able to capture the images of war. In the French Revolution the artist Jacques-Louis David captured the sentiments of the rioting citizens. In the current Syrian revolution, these same artists are civilians. The two types of illustrators, though they used different mediums, have similar subject matter, including martyrs, protestors, vows, and stoic heroes. The audience and goal is the same, to make the conflict known and drum up support for the revolutionaries. These images are iconic because their message can be applied to any era and any conflict. David’s images still resonate with viewers today; the images of Syrian sufferers will continue to affect contemporary and future audiences.
Degree ProgramHonors College