I have always been fascinated by the visual art of propaganda.
It is one of the oldest forms of visual communication —
…… older, even, than language itself.
From the earliest times, propagandists understood that the idiom of symbolism is a very effective way to provoke strong emotions.
The Pharoahs of ancient Egypt certainly used this principle–
What was the Sphinx, or the Great Pyramid,
…but a symbolic statement of their great wealth and strength?
” Fear me” , they say–
” Invade my lands at your own peril “.
And, a Maya skull rack —
All strong emotions like fear, pity, anger, hate, and love can all be manipulated through the use of some simple symbolic language.
And in no other medium, I believe, does the richness…
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