Art as a Legacy

One day, I received a neat little surprise in the mail from my uncle. It was a video from the BBC on Paolo Uccello, an artist from the 1400’s who painted “The Battle of San Romano”.

It was a very interesting exposition of the painting and his use of perspective. I won’t bore those who are not art history buffs with the details, although I would definitely recommend the video.

But there was something major that I did take away from the video.

I hope by now, we all understand the importance of art when it comes to the creative process. Creativity is such an important activity to stimulate the brain and to express inward thoughts.

But, have you considered how important art is when it comes to the legacy it leaves behind?

In the case of Uccello, here was an artist who was commissioned to paint a series of panels depicting a battle scene.

He worked for years to complete the project with such precision and detail. And, 600 years later, his work is still being talked about, evaluated and admired.

The creative process of a piece of art is just the beginning of its life. It then is purchased and displayed for years of appreciation.

It quietly watches from the walls as life continues on around it. It may get tucked away and forgotten about in an attic or may be passed from location to location. It may out live multiple owners. Periodically, it may even be brought out for evaluation.

“A picture is worth a thousand words” and can aid historians to piece together and understand cultures past.

Technology comes and goes. Paper becomes fragile with age. Belongings are updated and discarded with the trends.

But, paint on a canvas, or in Uccello’s case – egg tempura on panels, what better way to leave a legacy?

So, the next time you look at an original painting, consider what it could say hundreds of years from now. Hmm… now that’s food for thought!