Propaganda Prints: A History of Art in the Service of Social and Political Change
Propaganda Prints reviews the history, cultural diversity and artistic legacy of art produced in the service of social and political change from ancient times to the present day. The author presents the arts of state control, of opposition, of revolution, of advertising, politics and self-promotion in their historical contexts, with three hundred images to evoke some of the dreams and concerns which have driven humanity through the last five thousand years. The Ancient Mesopotamians are there with the Romans, the Crusaders, the Normans, the Victorians, the Suffragettes, the Nazis and the Hippies. The American, French, Russian, Mexican, Chinese and Cuban revolutions all contribute as do many, far too many, wars. From Gutenberg's printing press to You Tube, from Alexander to Obama, this review of propaganda art reflects the best and the worst of us, and offers the pictures by way of consolation.
1. The Ancient World i. The very beginning ii. Alexander iii. Pax Romana 2. The Middle Ages i The Dark Ages ii. The Norman Conquest iii. Onward Christian soldiers 3. The Early Modern Period i. The art of printing ii. The troublesome priest iii. A red and white rose iv. Renaissance v. The propaganda of the senses vi. Here comes the sun vii. The English Civil War viii. Into the light ix. The American Revolution x. The tree of liberty xi. The man on the white horse 4. The Machine Age i. The 19th century ii. The Fourth Estate iii. Rule Britannia iv. From sea to shining sea v. A new printing method vi. The golden age of posters vii. The modern movement viii. The First World War 5. The Early 20th Century i. The Mexican Revolution ii. The Russian Revolution iii. Between the wars iv. WPA v. The Spanish Civil War vi. The Nazis vii. The Second World War 6. The Modern World i. The Cold War ii. Post-war Britain iii. The Chinese Cultural Revolution iv. The Cuban Revolution v. Vietnam and the art of protest vi. Propaganda in the digital age