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The Art of Propaganda Posters January 27, 2018

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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 —

skull rack…… a visitor from another village, friend or foe alike, would have no trouble interpreting it for what it is, and what it means.

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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