Art & War
There’s an inextricable relationship between art and war – and for a good reason. Art has been traditionally used by leaders – be they tyrants, monarchs, or elected statesmen – to promote war. These leaders usually ordered works of art to craft propaganda they could use to generate rapport and popularity for their war policies.
The other way around is also true – art has sometimes been used to express opposition to the war. It has also been used to disparage war opponents, not to mention that many precious artworks are stolen, damaged, or destroyed during wars. More importantly, art is typically used to grieve and recover from a war.