Universal Language

Art as the First Universal Language

“Art is the first universal language. All cultures and civilizations have created an artistic record. Art allows people to communicate across time and space. Art education teaches us how to understand and use this language in our dialog with the rest of humanity as we explore who we are or strive to be.”- Bob Sabol, 2010


As artists we are attempting to communicate within our culture, and with the onset of Globalization, it expands outside our community, creating a bridge between different culture.  It serves as a representative of history, cultural and value of people (Eger, 2011).  The visual arts have given us insight into the daily lives within civilizations for thousands of years.  People have used the arts as a way of telling a story about their lives, religion, politics.  Hieroglyphics and visual communication have been used to tell historical events or give specific directions.  Raphael, da Vinci, Michelangelo and other Masters are considered to be the greatest painters of any generation, yet the majority of their well-known works were commissioned by The Church to tell a story, to send a message.  The Sistine Chapel ceiling has shaped modern society's picture of God himself.  Renaissance Paintings of Madonna and Child are Iconic, a symbol of Catholicism that permeates culture at all levels.  I even bought Raphael's Madonna of the Candelabra as official stamps several years ago.  Few things have traversed time like imagery and art. 


Prehistoric Basque cave painting

Appliqué Relief of a Running Maiden, Ancient Greece

Appliqué: Head of a Lion, Ancient Egypt

Raphael's Madonna of the Candellabra