This is a picture of a succession of power from a King down to a young boy as, a large crowd gathers to watch the switch of power. There is a woman off to the left side who appears to be the boys mother or something like that. Also another figure behind the King seems out of place but because they are painted in blue that shows they are of importance seeing as how the royal blue signifies people with power. This was smart on the part of the artist to show the difference clearly to the viewer. This makes it easier to see who is of the most importance.

The most important part is the succession of power to the boy. This moment is very important to everyone involved and seems to warrant a big enough crowd that it can not be ignored. Some other important parts are the women behind the Ruler who seems to disappear, but more than likely holds a much more important role than the way the artist portrays her body language seeing as the close proximity to the King and the blue outfit
The title of this piece is “Miniature from a Speculum Historiale: Claudius Designates Nero as His Successor” and it shows that the name of the man is Claudius and he is passing on his power to a boy named Nero as is shown in the picture it is very straight and to the point and tells you exactly what happening.

The intent of this work was to describe a moment in time that was very important to a large group of people since they all showed up to see this succession of power. The message is just to State the situation nothing more or less.

During the time of this art piece, a lot of lands are being given out through succession, and power is being passed to those that are the most deserving of it. Also, all the people within the land were like property to the lord. Since that was the case during important moments like the one shown people had to be there since this was important because this would one day be their future leader.

This visual means the passing of a role like a King down to the successor. This visual is important because we are learning about lords and Knights and Samurai’s of different cultures and each used the succession to pass on a new role to someone who they felt was qualified.


3 thoughts on “OPTICC #2

  1. Element 1: Do you understand what the art said about the region,time period or artist from the writing?
    -Julie shows well understatement during this time period. The art that she chose shows the social classes during this time and place. I believe that the place is Europe but I am not very sure. From Julie’s writing there is proof that social rankings started to develop and the power structure between people.


  2. Element 2:Was this choice meaningful? Did it express a message that was clear? Do you think it added to your peers understanding of history?
    -Julie’s choice of art was meaningful because it shows the social structure during the time period. The painting gave a sense of what life was like back then. This was important to history becaus social rankings was important to society.


  3. I believe that I understand the piece incredibly well. It’s made to represent the people of this time in an environment that was understand important and meant to be documented over time.The piece was meaningful because of how it was meant to document the time in where people of high ranks are documented in art form. The message that was expressed was clear. Those that went to this meeting were there to watch the rising of a King to take the power. I do believe it added to my peers understanding because of how important moments like these were to the people of the land and high ranking people rising to power.


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