Empathy's relationship to art gets more complex when you consider the origin of the word, which came into being only about a hundred years ago. Religious art has long taken on the task of stirring up emotion and empathy in those who look upon it since the beginning. Today we look at The Rottgen Pirta, Jizo, Francisco Goya work and the emotions they invoke through religious art that can still be felt today
We tackle the intersection of art and our changing climate. Throughout history, art has helped reveal the climate around us and highlight our fragile relationship to it. Sometimes, nothing can be done to protect our cultural heritage except completely closing it off like the cave painting in Lascaux France. Then there are the artworks created to reveal and highlight the fluctuations of our climate like Robert Smithson's spiral jetty. Today we look some artis that highlight this fragile relationship.
Just as climate shapes the kind of art being made, climate also of course shapes art itself-because art is both of the world and in it. often to preserve valued works and structures, communities must frequently rebuild them. Today we look at the great mosque of Djenne, Ise shrine in Japan and Venice.