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MEANING: Size Matters

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Sat, 6 Feb 1999 20:38:00 EST

In discussing the topic "Size Matters", for Trajan's forum I tend to agree
with Marcia. "Works of art express meaning both by telling a story and by
displaying properties such as size and shape.....".

If we look at medieval cathedrals most would probably say that they are a work
of art, the sculptures, the stained glass windows, etc.. But the shear size of
the Cathedrals was designed to glorify God, and to convey to the common man
God's power and love. The shape of the cathedral was also designed to remind
the people of Christ suffering on the cross. The floor plan is in the shape of
a cross.

Now if we look at Trajans forum I would agree that the shape and design were
meant to glorify Rome and to represent beauty or to show the beauty of Rome.

Would this indicate that through out history man has needed to use "size" in
art to help show the importance of something? Especially, if they are relating
to an abstract concept such as a deity, or to a political concept?